The Wearing a face covering (PPE mask) in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July the Prime Minister has announced, and those failing comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100
The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.
Since mid-May, the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet, and the wearing of facemasks has been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.
However to date pubs and restaurants are exempt. Environment Secretary George Eustice said the mandatory use of face masks in England would apply to “all shops”, but not pubs and restaurants, “We’re not for instance mandating the wearing of masks in pubs and restaurants, because obviously people have got to eat.” He said.
Currently the hospitality and licensed on trade sector has been operating under strict guidelines, including social distancing in order to keep people safe, increased distance between, protective screens have been installed and staff are wearing PPE, with pubs providing table service only.