TalkRADIO host Mike Graham has heard from a woman from Surrey who was left in a rage after being told to leave a local pub for refusing to wear a mask outside. The caller and her husband were reportedly kicked out by the pub landlord for refusing to wear face coverings in the beer garden on the premises. It comes as mandatory mask-wearing rules designed to combat coronavirus were lifted for England on July 19.
Alison in Surrey told TalkRADIO host Mike Graham: “I live in the Surrey Hills or me and my husband do and we have got a lot of nice pubs around here.
“We went to a pub before Freedom Day and I’m medically masked exempt we wanted to sit in the garden, the landlord came out.
“He squinted at me, he said put a mask on.”
“In the garden?” questioned Graham.
“In the garden,” confirmed Alison.
She continued: “My husband walked up he said to my husband put a mask on.
“My husband said literally I can touch the table it is like four steps away.
“And he shouted at us to leave the pub which we did.”
She concluded: “Yesterday it came up on social media a post from this guy who runs this pub in West Sussex just over the border from where I live.
“And he said we have made a decision to keep masks for inside and outside dining and there will be no exemptions.”
It comes a day after Graham clashed with Justice Minister Chris Philip over the legality surrounding whether Britons had to wear face masks on public transport now that coronavirus rules have been relaxed.
Mr Philip told talkRADIO: “In the case of Transport for London, they do have the right obviously to make the rules about what you do and don’t do on the Underground. Transport for London have said they think we should wear masks on the tube so… because I believe in the rule of law and all the rest of it…”
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“But it is not a law!” blasted Graham, “I am asking you as the Justice Minister it is not a law, is it?”
Mr Philip replied: “I think Transport for London are entitled to specify conditions about, you know, if people using their trains should do this or do that. So I think they are entitled…”
Graham jumped in again, pressing: “But what is the legal position? I am interested in this pure and simple for myself and for other people who don’t wish to any longer wear a mask since it is no longer a legal requirement.
“Why would we be concerned about not being allowed to use the train?”