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

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

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government is to announce.

The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

Since mid-May, the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.

It has been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to set out the new guidance on face coverings on Tuesday.

They are designed to minimise the spread of coronavirus and also encourage people to return to the shops safely.

It follows a reported increase in the use of face coverings by people in England, Scotland and Wales.

More than half of adults surveyed by the Office for National Statistics in the first week of July said they used a covering while outside their home.

Meanwhile, a report requested by the government’s chief scientific adviser suggests the UK could see around 120,000 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals during a “reasonable” worst-case scenario this winter.

Labour said ministers’ had been “slow and muddled” on face coverings and questioned why the new rules would not come into force for 11 days.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme using a face covering “is a small thing which along with other measures can make a massive difference”.

He said that, on public transport in London, some 18,500 people have been stopped from travelling for not wearing a face covering since 15 June with 59 fines issued.

The latest rules for shops will be enforced by the police, with anyone disregarding them at risk of a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days.

While shop workers will be encouraged to prompt customers to comply, they will not be expected to enforce the rules, allaying unions’ concerns about their involvement.

In line with the rules on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

A No 10 spokesman 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 24 July.”
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Unions have said the new guidance must be “clear and detailed” to protect staff and customers.

While welcoming clarity over the issue, Usdaw said coverings could not be a substitute for strict hygiene controls and social distancing measures, such as limiting the number of people allowed in a store at any one time.

Downing Street said it would keep the guidance on face coverings in other settings, such as offices, under review.

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4 Responses to "Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England to become mandatory from 24 July."

  1. HardWorkingMan   July 14, 2020 at 9:24 am

    No science, bad policy why was it OK to go through the entire pandemic uncovered.
    The fatalities, cases are declining there will be no second wave as it is not the flu, there have been minimal deaths under 45 <300 only from Covid. The tests are inaccurate and multiple tests on the same person count as new cases.

    From a conservative PM this is insane, what about freedom, if so important why not immediately and why not shop workers. I suspect our tame MP will be lapping it up.

    The conservatives have really jumped the shark with this one they are going to cause much more economic devastation.

    We have taken so much a 3 week lock down to save the NHS, a NHS which turfed out elderly to care homes and caused terrible deaths there. A NHS which cancelled all other operations and procedure condemning many to death from Cancer. A NHS which have been empty for months with video of nurses dancing on TikTock. A NHS which is a national shame and needs to be disbanded and reformed along the French/German model.

    The lock down is sinister has stripped us of our basic freedoms and has been applauded by politicians. We need a media to question these edicts not happily parrot the edicts of the party.

  2. notasheep   July 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I could not have put it better myself. SINISTER is the most appropriate word. Why were we celebrating the freedom that the end of the 2nd world war gave us and then accept this? Why are people not questioning the motives of the people making up these “laws”. Why can we go to pubs and sit without masks for a couple hours, but not walk past someone in a supermarket without one? Read what Peter Hitchens wrote in the Mail on Sunday. I too want to register as “RELAXED” and take my chances of getting a flu like virus. I am a 62 year old that has been working all through this PANIC and been in shops most days and am perfectly healthy. The people making up these ridiculous laws are just trying to make names for themselves and dreaming of getting gongs!

  3. kthe5   July 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Someone else who thought the safety measures were unnecessary:
    Man who slated coronavirus ‘hype’ and vowed not to wear mask is killed by Covid-19
    https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/14/healthy-man-who-blasted-coronavirus-hype-refused-wear-mask-killed-12987711/
    ” I am a 62 year old”
    The fella in the above artice was only 37. So sad, so many years of life gone.

    Then there was the person who infected 71 people after using a lift. That person had no symptoms and was perfectly healthy as well.

    Then there was conspiracy theorist in San Antonio who went to a ‘Covid party’ to prove it was a hoax. That person died of died of coronavirus and they were only in their 30’s. More years of life sadly gone.

    “I too want to register as “RELAXED””
    Will all the people you will infect have the choice of being “RELAXED”? Will all the NHS workers who may be trying to save your life, or the lives of those you infect, have the choice of being “RELAXED”

    Good grief! It’s only a cloth in front of your face! This latest U-turn may be yet another example of this incompetent government being too little, too late, but it can help to save lives of others.

  4. HardWorkingMan   July 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    @kthe5 Life is risk, and frankly I do not want the government regulating me, it is not competent, neither are the communists (sorry labour).

    Like all situations government is the problem here, it is no worse than normal flu season, and yes they kill healthy people too but we do not lose out minds and destroy freedoms, economy education.

    This situation has been great it shows those who can analyse data (not many), those who value freedom (not many) and those, sadly most who are adults in age only and want to be coddled by government. Necessity is always the cry of the tyrant and my past experience shows me that while easily lost civil liberties are hard to re gain.

    May your chains rest lightly, personally I think it is time we stopped paying for all of the public sector which has acted so badly over the last 40 years. With its support for illegal wars, looking the other way about grooming gangs, NHS scandal after scandal, political corruption (expenses), failure of the education system.

    Drain the swamp and its employees

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