Wearing a face covering will become compulsory when in shops and supermarkets in England from July 24.
The latest update on guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic was announced by a Downing Street spokesperson who said: “There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus.
“The prime minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24.”
This measure will be enforced by police and anybody caught shopping without a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, or £50 if paid within 14 days. Shop employees will be expected to encourage the wearing of face coverings but will not be responsible for enforcing the policy.
The mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops comes after the government made the use of face coverings mandatory on public transport in England from June 15.
Since May 11, the government has advised the public to wear face coverings when coming into contact with people they wouldn’t usually meet in enclosed public spaces.