Face masks have become an increasingly important issue in the fight against the coronavirus – but what does this mean for your day to day life?
As from 24 July 2020, face masks in shops and supermarkets will become mandatory. Under the new amendment to the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, fines of up to £100 could be imposed, with this dropping to £50 if paid within 14 days. There will be exceptions to the rule: children under 11 and those with disabilities and/or breathing difficulties are exempt.
Shop staff are not expected to enforce the rule, that will be the role of the police, although customers will be encouraged to comply. There are still no rules about wearing face coverings in pubs, bars or restaurants, although these venues are expected to have social distancing and other protective measures in place.
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