BRITS will have to wear face masks for at least the next YEAR, Sadiq Khan warned today.
The London Mayor said earlier that they will become the "norm" rather than the exception for months to come.
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It came on the same day as wearing masks on all public transport became mandatory.
Anyone going on a train, tube, bus, ferry or plane must cover their face up.
If they refuse, they could be denied entry onto public transport, or face a £100 fine.
Mr Khan told LBC tonight:"This is part of the new normal.
"For the forseeable future, I believe for the next year or so, wearing face coverings is going to become the norm rather than the exception.
"I was pleased when the PM accepted the need for us to wear face coverings on public transport, and make it mandatory.
"It's one of the most unselfish things you can do.
"Not only is that sensible health-wise, but it gives people confidence they are not going to catch the virus, and shop safely."
The Mayor had been pushing for people to wear masks on transport before the Government announced it would become compulsory.
The Government has said they will keep the face coverings rules under review – meaning they could last for an indefinite period of time.
Brits are also asked to wear masks where they can't keep to social distancing rules, either.
That means in shops, lifts or supermarkets, where people may have to get closer than 2m.
It comes as thousands of shoppers went out to stores for the fisrt time in three months to pick up essentials.
But queues quickly formed outside shops including Primark, where people battled to get in to pick up bargains after the lockdown was eased.
Masks are not compulsary in shops but some have advised that people wear them.
Airlines have insisted that people wear masks too.
New guidance out from the Department for Transport last week said there should be increased cleaning, alongside urging customers to check in their hand luggage.
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