WEARING a face mask in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England in a fresh move to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Government has said.
In a statement on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will say anyone failing to comply with the order – which comes into force on July 24 – could face a fine of up to £100.
Ahead of Tuesday’s announcement by Mr Hancock, a No 10 spokesman said: “There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus.
“The Prime Minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24.”
It comes as the UK’s coronavirus death toll increased by 11 to 44,830 – the lowest rise since the outbreak began.
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