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Mandatory masks: What you need to know


It will be made mandatory for shoppers in England to wear face coverings from July 24, the Government has announced.

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the Government is to announce. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

The move brings England into line with Scotland and other major European nations such as Spain, Italy and Germany.

It has been compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport in England since June 15.

It is understood that the new mandatory rule for face coverings in shops does not apply to retail staff.

The police’s National Business Crime Centre has advised that there is an expectation on retailers to play a part with the enforcement of face coverings i.e. to refuse entry, call the police where an individual fails to comply.

Bira will be making a poster available for retailers to display to help encourage compliance, in the next few days.

Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “We are pleased there has been a definite decision made on the wearing of face masks in shops in England – and that there has been some time to implement this.”

In Scotland, the use of coverings in shops has been mandatory since July 10.

Shoppers in Wales and Northern Ireland are currently not required to wear them – however, they are mandatory in both countries on public transport. Both nations said they will keep the matter under review.

For more information on the wearing of face masks, see the latest government guidance here

For further details on encouraging customer compliance click here

Social Distancing Kits have produced a poster to remind shoppers to wear a mask. Find out more here

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