COVID19 12 May 2020 Welsh government will not recommend face masks Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The Welsh government will not recommend that people wear face coverings, calling it a "matter of personal choice". The Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said the chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, had made the ruling after discussing the evidence with the chief medical officers of other UK countries. Gething also said he was "concerned" by the tone of the UK government on lifting lockdown, adding that the "messaging in England is confused". He said he was worried people might cross from England to Wales to visit nature spots, but that closing the border wasn't an option. "What really matters is policing and enforcing the laws, the regulations," he said. › It’s achieving growth, not paying off the debt, that will be difficult after Covid-19 Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!