Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is compulsory from today, Friday 24 July.
It has been advised to wear a covering in enclosed public spaces since May but from today, not wearing one in shops will carry fine of up to £100.
Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew from Devon and Cornwall police said: “The Government has announced the change to COVID-19 legislation in order to further protect the public and those working in retail premises from being exposed to the pandemic.
“As lockdown measures ease there is a need for us all to be socially responsible and play our part in reducing COVID risk and protecting each other as much as possible.
“Our approach will be similar to that already seen with face coverings being mandatory for those travelling on public transport.>
“We will be engaging and educating the public with enforcement as a final option. It is disappointing if my officers are having to give a £100 fixed penalty notice to any member of the public for refusing to comply with the legislation.
“My hope is that everyone will be socially responsible and play their part in keeping our residents and many tourists in our region safe.”The rules will be enforced by police and not by business owners or shop workers.
What is a ‘face covering’? The government website states: “In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
“Face coverings are required to be worn in all shops and supermarkets. Face coverings are not required in hospitality settings such as pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and exercise facilities such as gyms.Face coverings have been mandatory on public transport since 15 June. As with the rules on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
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