Face masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July
It will be compulsory to wear a face mask or covering in shops including supermarkets in England from Friday 24 July. Those who do not abide by the new rules to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. Shop staff do not have to wear them, but it is “strongly recommended” in the guidance that they do.
The rules will be enforced by the police, rather than shop workers. However the public won’t be required to wear a mask in food places where it’s not practical, such as in a pub, cafe or restaurant. They also aren’t mandatory for office workers.
Since 15 June, anyone travelling on public transport by bus, train, ferry or plane in England must wear a face covering. People can be refused travel if they don’t follow the rules, and can be fined as a last resort.
Face masks or coverings will be made mandatory on public transport in Wales from 27 July. The wearing of face coverings on most buses, trains and ferries became mandatory in Northern Ireland on 10 July, and is already mandatory in Scotland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advice says non-medical face masks and coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.
Homemade cloth face coverings can help reduce the spread from people who are contagious but have no symptoms or are yet to develop symptoms. This is called asymptomatic or presymptomatic transmission.