Face coverings now compulsory in shops

Under new regulations set out today, it will be compulsory to wear face coverings in shops, banks, building societies and post offices from Friday 24th July. Members of the public will also be required to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops.

Face coverings such as face shields, masks or bandanas should cover the nose and mouth. Evidence suggests that when used correctly, face coverings may reduce the likelihood of someone with Coronavirus passing it on to others.

The new regulations will not apply to anyone under the age of 11 or for those with disabilities or health conditions that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

Anyone who is not exempt and does not abide by the new rules could face a police fine of up to £100, as is currently the case on public transport.

Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“As we move into the next stage of easing restrictions for the public, it is vital we continue to shop safely so that we can make the most of our fantastic retail industry this summer.

“Everyone must play their part in fighting this virus by following this new guidance. I also want to thank the British public for all the sacrifices they are making to help keep this country safe.”