BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has told that a man urged him to take his face mask off during a train journey.
The broadcasting veteran, 59, shared that his cloth face-covering – decorated with a pattern of the Welsh flag – offended a fellow passenger who was riled up by the mask and the dragon design on it.
Opening on what happened during the journey, Carmarthenshire native Huw took to Twitter to claim that the man ordered him to remove his mask, before explaining how he intends to continue sporting a mask on public transport after the rules on face coverings lift on July 19.
“Angry man on the tube demands I take off mask,” the journalist fumed on the social media platform.
Detailing what annoyed the man, Huw went on: “Turns out he was offended by the Welsh theme. Anyway, I’m still going to wear a mask on public transport and indoor spaces – to protect others and show respect for NHS staff.”
Under the tweet, several users of the micro-blogging site shared their own opinions on Huw’s encounter.
One person penned: “I remember the days not so long ago when you could walk along a London Tube carriage wearing whatever you liked and no-one would bat an eyelid. We would be more offended by people trying to talk to us (that still applies, please don’t do that). Nice mask, btw!”
Another added: “Sadly there will be more and more incidents like this, with or without the Welsh theme. I personally love your mask Huw.”
A third typed: “Good for you Huw. What design on the mask isn’t relevant the safety of wearing the mask is what is important. I’m glad you did what you felt was right Huw.”
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The legal requirement to wear a face mask will be dropped after July 19 in England.
However, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has asked Transport for London to make face coverings compulsory on all its services after legal restrictions are lifted unless people are exempt.
The Mirror has been told the transport body backs the plan – paving the way for mandatory face masks on the Tube, TfL trains, buses and taxis across the capital.
Boris Johnson has urged the English public to continue covering their faces in “crowded and enclosed spaces” after unlocking but the PM is not prepared to keep legal restrictions in place – meaning the Government is reliant on enough members of the public putting the health of others first.
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