Face coverings now mandatory in stores in England

Date : 28 July 2020

With effect from 24 July 2020, face coverings (not necessarily of the medical type) are mandatory in enclosed public spaces in England.

This includes retail outlets, and outlets selling food and drink for takeaway, although “eat-in” foodservice is not covered.

Some exceptions apply but, for most citizens, failure to comply will be an offence, with fines of up to £100. This has proven controversial, since enforcement of the rule may bring store staff into conflict with shoppers.

Face coverings were already mandatory in stores in Scotland, but at the time of writing, they are not required in Northern Ireland or Wales.

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