Business Leader: “Destructive” Mask Rules Creating “Fearful” Climate

"It's a signal for people to be worried."

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A prominent business leader in the UK has slammed mask rules as “destructive” to the economy because they help maintain a constantly “fearful” climate.

England dropped all its mask mandates today, although Mayor Sadiq Kahn is still insisting people wear them while using the London Underground, with some supermarkets also asking customers to continue to wear face coverings.

The refusal to dispense with face coverings, despite there being no law forcing people to wear them, is stalling the recovery from the pandemic, according to Hugh Osmond, who founded the Punch Taverns group and is an investor in numerous London restaurants.

“Being told to wear masks on tubes and buses creates a psychological message that people should still be fearful and not go back to work and not travel into the capital,” he said.

“It’s a signal for people to be worried, which has a tremendously damaging impact on the economy and specifically the hospitality sector.”

“It’s a destructive message which keeps people away from what they would normally do, such as visiting pubs and restaurants, and other activities.”

“That’s not only economically damaging, but also to their mental health and wellbeing.”

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, also slammed COVID passes, which were dropped in England today but can still be enforced by venues if they choose to do so.

Labeling vaccine passports a “debilitating and divisive mitigation,” Kill said they had left “many businesses now concerned that they will struggle to survive beyond February.”

As we previously highlighted, the government’s own investigation found that the evidence for the efficacy of face masks stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools is “not conclusive.”

We previously reported on the comments of UK government SAGE adviser Dr Colin Axon, who dismissed masks as “comfort blankets” that do virtually nothing, noting that the COVID-19 virus particle is up to 5,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask.

“The small sizes are not easily understood but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders’ scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through,” Axon said.

A study in Denmark involving 6,000 participants also found that “there was no statistically significant difference between those who wore masks and those who did not when it came to being infected by Covid-19,” the Spectator reported.

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