Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July, with those who fail to comply set to face a fine of up to £100.
The move will bring England in line with Scotland and countries across Europe, including Spain, Italy, and Germany. The new Government stance is a setp up from the public advice that has been issued snice mid May that suggested the public wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.
It has been compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport in England since June 15. According to the BBC, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
Environment Secretary George Eustice has said that the new mandatory rule for face coverings in shops does not apply to retail staff.
“It is about managing the overall risk,” he added. “Any type of covering will be sufficient for this purpose.” He added that it won’t be compulsory for shop staff because it “won’t always be right” for every retail setting.