Face Coverings Mandatory in Shops and Supermarkets

From the 24th July, face coverings will be mandatory to all visiting shops and supermarkets.

While face coverings are already required on all public transport, measures will now also be in place for those who do not comply with the law of wearing them when visiting shops and supermarkets.

Transport operators can deny service or direct someone to wear a face covering, if necessary the police can issue a fine of £100. Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with this law and can refuse upon entry. In both these cases, if necessary, the police will have powers to enforce these measures including through issuing a fine of £100.

It is also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult.

There are some circumstances where for health, age, or equality reasons whereby people are not expected to wear face coverings in these settings if you have legitimate reason not to. This includes:
– Young children under the age of 11.
– Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
– If putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
– If you are traveling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
– If a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:
– If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
– If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication.

For further information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

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