BRITS finally ditched their face masks to celebrate Freedom Day today – but some cautious commuters are still wearing them on trains.
Under today’s lockdown lifting, the protective gear is no longer required by law but caution is advised in crowded places.
There was a mixture of commuters wearing and not wearing face masks todayCredit: w8media
The rules have been relaxed but transport services are asking passengers to continue wearing themCredit: AP
It is also still compulsory to wear them on Transport for London services after Sadiq Khan said he didn’t want passengers put “at risk”.
Despite this, commuters across the country were pictured ditching the mask as they made their way into work.
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There appeared to be a larger majority not wearing the kit than seen in previous months during the pandemic.
But there was a clear divide – with a lot of passengers choosing to still wear a mask even though it is no longer required by the law.
Brits were also pictured leaving shops and a Greggs today without the face covering.
A woman leaves Greggs in Bradford without a maskCredit: nb press ltd
Brits not longer have to wear the coverings in shopsCredit: nb press ltd
The government announced masks will still be encouraged on public transport but will no longer be mandatory after Freedom Day.
Businesses and travel operators can make their own rules – but without the hefty fines to enforce the measures.
Many have opted to keep the rule in place – including in supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.
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Other high street shops such as Waterstones, John Lewis, Argos and B&Q are also “encouraging” customers to mask up.
Transport for London has confirmed fines won’t be issued for those not wearing a mask but passengers could be removed from its services.
Manchester’s Metrolink tram service is also telling passengers and staff to wear masks.
TfL still wants passengers wearing masksCredit: PA
A Tube carriage full of covered-up commuters todayCredit: AFP
Most passengers were also wearing masks in ManchesterCredit: Mercury
And Uber confirmed at the weekend its ‘No Mask, No Ride’ policy remains in place.
Today marks Freedom Day – the day where social distancing and working from home are scrapped.
Boris Johnson has begged the public for a “cautious” end to lockdown amid the “extremely contagious Delta variant.”
He said: “We’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there.
“Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.
“But we have this immense satisfaction that the vaccine programme has very severely weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation, and between infection and serious illness and death.
“So please, please, please be cautious and go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people.
“And above all, please, please, please, when you’re asked to get that second jab, get the jab, please come forward and do it.”
A woman exits the Tube without a mask todayCredit: PA
Manchester Metroline passengers have been told to wear masksCredit: Zenpix
Brits have been advised to use cautionCredit: w8media
Trains will be getting busier now Brits are returning to workCredit: Mercury
TfL said it will boot people from its services if they don’t wear a maskCredit: PA
The face mask rule is one of a string of measures being ditched todayCredit: w8media