Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough asks for those who can continue to wear masks in public places
Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said:
“I’ve been thinking hard about what I’ve been calling ‘Open for Business’ Day on Monday 19 July. There’s no doubt that easing of restrictions will be a great relief to our businesses; I’m very aware of how difficult the last year has been for the regional economy.
But I’m also, as a doctor and as Mayor, well aware of the many, many people for whom so-called ‘Freedom’ Day is anything but. I campaigned on the basis of #compassion, #co-operation and #community and continuing to wear a mask, if you can, is no different.
Compassion, for our most vulnerable people, and their families and friends. Co-operation, to prevent further waves, and further restriction. Community must be our priority: keeping everyone safe, bringing everyone with us as we open up again. Commerce relies on people feeling confident to go out and spend in shops and use public transport – not to avoid doing so because of people not wearing masks.
As Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, I stand with Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham in their encouragement to continue to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places. I ask everyone who is able to continue to wear a mask on our buses and trains, and in public spaces. To keep our businesses open, and avoid more lockdowns, I will wear a mask. On public transport, I will wear a mask. To keep my colleagues and patients safe, I will wear a mask. I ask you all to join me.”