Face coverings will now be compulsory in England's shops from July 24

14 July 2020, 09:37 | Updated: 14 July 2020, 09:58

Boris Johnson said face coverings should be enforced in shops
Boris Johnson said face coverings should be enforced in shops. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

The Government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops in England very soon.

From July 24, wearing face coverings will be compulsory in England.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce the changes to the policy later today (July 14), which will include a fine for anyone not complying.

The rules will begin later this month, with people not following the rules facing a potential penalty of £100. The charge will go down to £50 if it is paid within 14 days.

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However, children under the age of 11 and people with particular disabilities will be exempt from the rules.

The changes to the rules from the Government have arrived just days after it became mandatory in Scotland to wear coverings in shops.

In England, it has been mandatory for people to wear face coverings on public transport since June 15, in order to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that new face mask rules would be coming into effect, telling the public that face coverings are "very important".

On July 13, when visiting a London Ambulance Centre, Boris told Sky News that as the cases of COVID-19 drop, face coverings can be used as "an extra insurance".

He said: "Face masks are an extra insurance that we can use to stop it coming back and stop it getting out of control again."