Shoppers in London were left surprised after seeing a man strolling down one of its largest shopping streets wearing no other clothing other than a mask. But not on his face as one may have expected.
Many took photos of him on their phones, whilst others stared as he paraded down Oxford St wearing nothing but a light blue mask to cover his modesty.
A Reuters photographer captured the image which has been widely shared on social media.
Man parades down Oxford Street wearing nothing but mask.— First India (@thefirstindia) July 24, 2020
A naked man has been spotted walking about on Oxford Street in central London, wearing nothing but a face mask as a sort of makeshift g-string.#London #Coronavirus #WearAMask #Mask #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/gWvCjSub94
Some netizens met the story with humour and old chestnuts:
At least he's using protection.— James Rapp (@therappidfire) July 24, 2020
I hope a woman does the same thing I want to make sure that we are equal no matter what the gender is LOL— Shawn Miller (@ShawnMiller58) July 24, 2020
As usual.....thinking with the wrong “head” 😏😒— Cathryn 🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@cat42758) July 24, 2020
Lol 😂 been waiting for this to happen. pic.twitter.com/Ev1KjCgl5A— Rudy (@CaptainPlunger) July 24, 2020
Perhaps he's more worried about catching something 'down there'.— Scott Weaver (@sweaverphoto) July 24, 2020
While others condemned his appearance saying that the man was wearing his mask on the wrong place and should be fined:
Wearing it on the wrong place...— ☮مهرایران (@mehrlran) July 24, 2020
He still get a £100 fine!
If he put one on his nose and mouth TOO, I'd not care. As it is, he's wearing it WRONG.— Wayward Kannbrown (@kannbrown) July 24, 2020
These are the effects of Covid-19 on the state of mental health. Some immediate measures need to be devised to cater for the mental wellbeing and mental welfare of people him scampering away in the birthday suit.— Mugabi Ivan (@ivan_mugabi) July 24, 2020
This comes as face coverings were made mandatory in enclosed areas such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and takeaways in England on Friday.
Those who do not comply with the rules could face fines of up to £100.