Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said

“For the capital’s businesses in areas such as culture, hospitality and our night-time economy full re-opening is vital for their continuing survival, and I am pleased that the Government has confirmed we remain on track for restrictions to be lifted on 19th July.

“With case numbers continuing to rise however, we cannot be complacent, and ministers must ensure they provide clear, unequivocal guidance on what people should do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

“The wearing of face masks is an important example. It is welcome that the Government is strengthening its messaging to say that people are expected and recommended to wear face coverings on public transport, but the simplest and safest option is for the Government to retain the existing national legal requirement for face coverings on public transport.

“As they continue to re-open, it is also clear that businesses also require more clarity– whether around the expectations for COVID passports, or other measures recommended to re-open safely.”

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