Who will they get to inform us if it’s the right call? Scotland in Union members, former Tory candidates and assorted bams keen to attack the SNP.
Will they mention the WHO guidelines and the recommendations of umpteen experts?
Will they report this (already posted here)?
Infection rates are climbing steadily in England and surging in Wales. They’re pretty much flat in Scotland and Northern Ireland:
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been monitoring behaviour changes in terms of facemask wearing and social mixing.
Notably, for the week-ending 29 September 2021, with rates falling slightly or flat across the UK, they noted in their data:
Self-reported facemask wearing for those who have at least one non-home contact appears to have reduced below 70% in England, though this overall figure masks differences by age. Reported face-covering wearing has stabilised in the over 60s but continues to fall in younger age groups. The use of face-coverings has remained high in both Wales and Scotland (> 85% of participants), where use in certain social settings has remained mandatory.https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2079.pdf
A week later infection levels begin to climb in England
Then for week-ending 6th October, they report:
There has been a sharp decline in reported use of facemasks in Wales this week, but this is likely due to a smaller sample size. We will continue to monitor this in the following weeks.https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2081.pdf
And for week-ending 13th October, the latest, they report:
The decline in face mask usage in Wales noted last week persists at approximately 75%. Face mask usage in England amongst those 18 to 29 years old who have reported contacts outside of the household continues to decrease.https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2081.pdf
On October 16th, the infection rate in Wales surges and continues to climb in England.
Mask-wearing trends in Scotland and northern Ireland are not mentioned so stable. Rates flatten and appear to stabilise.