U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a plan to ban face-billing lenses for all customers, citing safety concerns.
Johnson announced his plan to introduce legislation on Monday, calling on the Government to ban all face-covering face coverings for any purpose, including face-to-face contact lenses.
Johnson told the British Parliament that the proposed ban would be in place across the country by the end of 2018.
“We need to have a strong regulatory framework in place to protect our citizens, our businesses and our communities from a range of threats and challenges,” Johnson said in a statement.
“We are determined to make sure that our children and young people have a secure future.”
In an email, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Care Excellence (DHCA) said the UK will continue to ban full face coverers, and all other face-masking products.
“The introduction of new face-wearing products is an important step in the right direction, and we are committed to continuing to support the work of the Government and regulators to ensure that this ban remains in place,” the spokesperson said.
“For those with an existing face-band, we will continue offering them with the same level of protection as we have previously.
In addition, we have been making the transition to the face-hugger.”
In June, Johnson signed an executive order that requires all NHS trusts to offer face-washing services to all patients by the middle of 2018, and to require all NHS hospitals to have facial recognition cameras in place by the beginning of 2019.
In May, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published its plan to review and standardise regulations in the healthcare industry.