Face coverings to be compulsory in shops and supermarkets

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(Last Updated On: July 14, 2020)

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is set to become compulsory in England from 24 July.

It has been advised to wear a covering in enclosed public spaces since May but will soon carry fine of up to £100 under new rules which will be confirmed today, Tuesday 14 July.

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.

The rules will be enforced by police and not by business owners or shop workers.

Face coverings are already mandatory for shoppers in Scotland, this has been in place since 10 July. Wales and Northern Ireland do not currently have any rules in place.

The regulations will be made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

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