Noel Gallagher says he refuses to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite laws in the UK mandating a face covering be worn in shops, supermarkets and on public transport. The musician recently appeared on the Matt Morgan Podcast to share his (extremely non-medical expert) opinion, calling “the whole thing bollocks”.
“I was going up to Manchester the other week and some guy’s going ‘can you put your mask on, because the transport police will get on and fine you a thousand pounds.’ But you don’t have to put it on if you’re eating,” the former Oasis guitarist said.
“So I was saying, ‘Oh right, this killer virus that’s sweeping through the train is gonna come and attack me but see me having a sandwich and, go leave him, he’s having his lunch?’”
Gallagher went on to erroneously claim that wearing a face covering wasn’t a law, and declared, “There’s too many fucking liberties being taken away from us now.”
“I don’t give a fuck. I choose not to wear one and if I get the virus it’s on me, it’s not on anyone else. If every other cunt’s wearing a mask I’m not gonna catch it off them, and If I’ve got it then they’re not gonna catch it off me. I think it’s a pisstake.”
Gallagher’s comments fly in the face of the World Health Organisation’s guidance that face masks should be worn in public when social distancing is not possible, and the substantial evidence that wearing a face covering reduces the spread of the virus.
Back in July, Gallagher’s brother Liam tweeted that while he doesn’t like wearing a face mask, it’s “gotta be done”.