Face masks outdoors? London Mayor hints at Paris-style mask cover-up

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wearing a face mask

The government should consider making masks and face coverings compulsory in some busy open spaces in London, according to the mayor.

Sadiq Khan called on ministers to think about introducing a Paris-style rule forcing Londoners and tourists to cover up outdoors.

People wearing face masks on Oxford Street

The mayor made the proposal in a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to adopt a series  of measures to protect businesses in the beleaguered West End.

Face coverings became mandatory in some tourist hotspots in Paris on Monday including Montmarte and the banks of the River Seine.

Masks must be worn on public transport in London including the Tube, buses and mainline trains but some passengers continue to ignore the rule.