Boris Johnson has come under fire for hinting at making wearing face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces, while not practicing what he preaches.

The PM took to social media on Friday evening to post a series of photos in various local businesses in his constituency, Uxbridge.

In the photos, he wore a mask that he reportedly bought in a Poundstretcher store for £2:

The Conservatives Twitter account also posted a photo of Johnson giving two thumbs up in his new mask while hairdressers worked away in the background:

It came about after the PM answered some questions in a pre-recorded online "People's PMQs" on Friday.

When asked about face coverings in public spaces, Johnson replied:

I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people they don’t normally meet.

We are looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings in shops, for instance, where there is a risk of transmission.

But many people questioned why he hasn’t been following his own advice.

Like when he visited the Siemens Rail factory construction site in Goole, northeast England on 6 July:


Or when he went to a Pizza Pilgrims restaurant with Rishi Sunak in West India Quay, London Docklands on 26 June.


Or when he spoke with construction apprentices at Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, central England on 30 June:


All confined spaces. All interacting with people Johnson doesn’t “normally meet”. And all without wearing a mask.

Some people took to social media to call the PM a “hypocrite”:

Many people also called him out for taking such a long time to encourage people to wear face coverings:

Earlier this year, we compiled a list of all of the times Johnson went against his own coronavirus guidelines, including shaking hands with Covid-19 patients and not standing two meters apart from people...

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