As of 24th July wearing a face mask in shops and supermarkets in England will become mandatory.
The government has announced that those who fail to comply with these new rules will face a fine of up to £100. We believe this is a positive step which follows the recent reports published by the Royal Society leading them to conclude that everyone should wear a face mask when leaving home.
President of the Royal Society, Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan stated: “face coverings can help us protect others and reduce the spread of the virus if people are infected but not showing symptoms”.
The announcement will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany who all made face masks mandatory. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it would “give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops”.
The advice to wear coverings in public spaces has been in place since mid-May. Wearing a facemask has been compulsory on public transport in England and at NHS facilities across the UK since 15 June. Children under the age of 11 and individuals with certain disabilities will be exempt.
Mr Hancock told the Commons: “The death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population.” He added: “There is also evidence that face coverings increase confidence in people to shop.” The Coverd team are therefore proud to do our bit to help to help save mitigate the spread or coronavirus and help stimulate the economy. With our focus on re-usable washable masks we will help to do that whilst also reducing the waste associated with disposable ones.
These new rules for shops will be strictly enforced by the police, should anyone disregard them there is a risk of a fine up to £100. If the fine is paid with 14 days it will be reduced to £50.
Facemasks are not currently mandatory in schools but teachers have been told to wear them if they are in contact with a child displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
Masks have not been made compulsory for office workers but the health secretary has insisted they will remain compulsory in shops and on public transport for the “foreseeable future”. The health secretary has also acknowledged that face coverings could still be required next summer.
Be a good Briton, stay Coverd, and wear a washable, re-usable fashion facemask.