Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in shops in England

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Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from Friday 24th July.

The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany. The British Retail Consortium said it hoped the announcement “will make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the High Street”.

Here are the key points:

  • Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast the new mandatory rule for face coverings in shops does not apply to retail staff.
  • Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
  • The wearing of face coverings in shops will be enforced by the police, with anyone disregarding them at risk of a fine of up to £100.
  • While shop workers will be encouraged to prompt customers to comply, they will not be expected to enforce the rules.

You can read more from BBC News here

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