Face masks now essential part of our lives – do you follow rules or should they go?

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Face masks have become a common element of our lives over the last 18 months.

Before we leave the house, the majority of us are checking we have our keys, phones, money – and a face covering.

Whether it's the disposable kind or the ones you can wash, or even some kind of bandana wrapped around the face, leaving the house means being met by a sea of half-covered faces.

If Freedom Day goes ahead as originally planned on June 21 – and it's a big if as the Indian or Delta variant continues to surge throughout the country – face masks are a mandatory Covid measure that could be scrapped.

But there's plenty of argument for that date to be postponed and even keep certain anti-Covid restrictions around much longer.

SAGE member Professor Susan Michie, of University College London, said today social distancing and coverings should stay "forever".

But we want to know what you think.

Do you wear your mask wherever required and are you happy to continue? Scroll down for the survey

The vaccination programme continues to accelerate across the UK
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Speaking on Channel 5, Prof Michie said such measures are needed long-term and when pushed clarified: "I think forever, to some extent."

Her comments come as Brits wait for Boris Johnson to reveal if the final phase of the lockdown lifting can go ahead later this month.

The Prime Minister previously said he hoped to end all Covid restrictions by that date.

It has been reported that a "mix and match" approach could be taken, with some restrictions lifted but others remaining.

People in face masks queue up to be vaccinated in Basingstoke
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For example, the 30-person cap on weddings could be removed in a boost for engaged couples, it was reported.

Prof Michie said of easing lockdown: "Vaccines are a really important part of the pandemic control but it's only one part.

"Test, trace and isolate system, border controls are really essential. And there third thing is people's behaviour.

Face coverings have become a common part of life for most of us
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"That is the behaviour of social distancing, of when you're indoors making sure there's good ventilation and hand and surface hygiene.

"We'll need to keep these going in the long term and that will probably be good not only for Covid but to reduce other diseases."

The scientist was asked later in the programme if she thought that people could realistically live with continued restrictions.

She said: "I think there's lots of different behaviours we've changed in our lives. We now routinely wear seat belts, we didn't use to.

"When people see that there is a threat and there is something they can do to reduce that… themselves, their loved ones and their communities, what we see now over this last year is people do that.

"And I think we can just begin to adopt routines.

"When we go out of the house we check we've got our phone, we've got our keys, we've got tissues, we've got a face mask in case we need to use it."

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