Face coverings will be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and more from Friday

The new regulations come into force to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Details within

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From Friday 24th July 2020, face coverings will be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Under the new regulations members of the public will need to wear face coverings – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandana – that covers the nose and mouth in additional enclosed public spaces, as well as frequent hand washing and careful social distancing.

See how to make your own simple face covering.

Reducing risk of passing on infection
There is evidence to suggest that, when used correctly, face coverings may reduce the likelihood of someone with the infection passing it on to others, particularly if they are asymptomatic.

£100 fine
Anyone who doesn’t abide by the regulations – and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations – could face a fine by the police of up to £100, as is currently the case on public transport.

Businesses must encourage customers to follow the law
Although the responsibility for wearing a face covering sits with individuals, businesses are encouraged to take reasonable steps to encourage customers to follow the law, including through signs and providing other information in store.

Hancock: Everyone must play their part in fighting this virus
Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“As we move into the next stage of easing restrictions for the public, it is vital we continue to shop safely so that we can make the most of our fantastic retail industry this summer.

“Everyone must play their part in fighting this virus by following this new guidance. I also want to thank the British public for all the sacrifices they are making to help keep this country safe.”

Face coverings will not be mandatory for:

  • anyone under the age of 11
  • those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering

Food and drink
It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops.

If you are in a premises where you are able to sit down and consume food or drink that you have bought, then you can remove your face covering in order to eat and drink on-site.

As well as shops and supermarkets, face coverings must be worn in banks, building societies and post offices.

For transport hubs in England, the requirements mean face coverings must be worn in indoor train stations and terminals, airports, maritime ports, and indoor bus and coach stations or terminals.

Other precautions
People wearing face coverings are still strongly advised to:

  • wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting one on or taking it off
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on again a lot in quick succession
  • store it in a plastic bag in between washes or wearing
  • avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth while wearing one

Find out more
For more details on face coverings and how to make one, see the Government Website.

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 6:07pm


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29 Comments on "Face coverings will be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and more from Friday"

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With the attitude of some, we will never be rid of this virus. Again at risk will be all the key workers on who we all rely and should be be so very grateful.


I saw lots of key workers so busy during lockdown they had time to choreograph dance routines in hospitals and post them on tiktok, they were so overwhelmed in their warzones.

Benny C

Lots. Really. Well that’s a first. Were they from the 25% Of NHS workers who caught the virus Partly because they weren’t Taking precautions, like wearing masks?


Judging by statements of the major supermarkets, they will not bend over backwards to enforce it. How about having a little stand right at the entrance with (hopefully reusable!) face masks for sale? In most places they are actually well hidden, while they could turn this into a nice little earner… Just an idea!

Benny C
In B&Q yesterday the divide was depressingly familiar. Responsible folk looking after others by wearing face masks. Belligerent know it alls defying good advice, risking illness and wishing illness upon others. Ironically those not wearing masks were all to easy to stereotype. Oddly many abstainers looked decidedly uneasy with their very visible medical judgement, certainly not superior or trite. I do not want to give the virus… Read more »
Great take there. It’s been fine to go shopping without a mask for three months, now commandant Hancock decrees we must all now wear a face covering, doesn’t matter what kind, as the above graphic shows, any old fabric will do apparently, doesn’t matter that we have no proof that it stops any diseases spreading, yes sir, three bags full sir, my 87 year old granny died… Read more »
Charming. I suppose you think the death toll is inflated, and the only people who died are those ‘who would have died anyway’. The point is not that Hancock has changed his mind after three months, therefore masks are pointless. The point is that THE GOVERNMENT F****D UP in March — in every single way, including not recommending masks — and we have the case numbers and… Read more »

You’re talking as if we’re in the middle of a serious pandemic. But we’re not. We’re in the middle of this.


Visited my local Coop in Ventnor with people shopping with no masks. I questioned the lady on the till who said “We’ve been told not to enforce it” absolute disgrace.


Masks must be worn that’s what mandatory means, employers are also in breach of health and safety i.e. their duty of care if they don’t enforce this regarding employees. So Coop take note

According to the World Health Organisation surgical masks might make a difference, but not other kinds. So all these masks that people are wearing are not actually achieving anything. What is responsible about an action that doesn’t help people? I can tell what is responsible about not wearing a mask. It makes it less likely that we will in future be expected to wear masks on the… Read more »
Benny C
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead expert on Covid-19, told Reuters news agency the recommendation was for people to wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask”. Fabric masks should consist of “at least three layers of different material” in order to be effective, the WHO says. However, those aged over-60 and with underlying health risks should wear medical masks in areas where… Read more »

Exactly. And how many people’s masks will have three layers?

In any case, the virus has virtually gone. There’s an article in the Telegraph today about the Blitz spirit and the flu virus of 1941, but the situation was very different then. In 1941 they recommended wearing masks when the flu was around, not four months afterwards.

Benny C
It’s still here, believe me. If it’s in the sewers in other cities its in the sewers here. The NHS are pretty much resigned to a second wave, forget the politics and the politicians. Short term rejoicing will give way in the autumn to the start of the worst recession we have seen and a second wave of virus. Everyone will suffer. So badly, in fact, that… Read more »

Dr Van Kerkhove (WHO) also said, on 8 June 2020, that asymptomatic transmission of the virus is “very rare”. So if you don’t have symptoms, you’re no risk to anyone.

So all we need is for people with symptoms to stay at home. No need for masks. Then we can get the economy going again, because that’s the real problem at the moment.

Benny C

That’s one part of all this I don’t understand . If it’s true why did the Trump rally and Cheltenham Festival cause spikes? I read, in the Times I seem to recall, that Cheltenham was allowed to go ahead as an experiment to see if asymptomatic transmission was likely.


The virus has virtually gone, what planet are you on. It’s still with us and will be for some time to come.


Based on what attilathepun? It’s not a question of fear, wearing masks is about people taking responsibility to protect themselves and others. Stuff the economy that’s the problem profit above health and safety. How naive, reckless and selfish.


Shove it.


Stay out of my way in public, and that of everybody who is trying to do the right thing.


Yeah, yeah, it’s a killer, you’re protecting me, I’m protecting you. Government propaganda, that’s all it is.

Benny C
Watch Spain, next few days second wave. They were a couple of weeks ahead of the U.K. first time around, it’s likely to be the same again. Young folk are at risk and Suspected to be highest transmitters. No symptoms. London had an influx of the same demographic two weeks ago when lockdown eased. Watch this space. But no bother, don’t wear a mask, it’s ‘ propaganda… Read more »

No symptoms? That doesn’t sound too serious.
But the collapse of the economy is definitely serious.


How are young people at risk?

Benny C
What a surprise, Spain effectively starting to reverse. Watch France, Too, they’re a couple of weeks ahead of the U.K. And when lockdown was eased, the under 30’s hit the streets and celebrated. Same thing in the U.K., esp London. Those youngsters have been carrying, Many already had a mild form, thought it was just a routine cold, didn’t know they can get it again, and because… Read more »

Charming contribution. Not…

Benny C

Not unreasonable though. Some folks are afraid, I think we should respect them. They might be older or vulnerable, unlike others, but they’d respect you if ypthe tables were turned.


I was referring to jimbojones: “Shove it.” Apart from that, I do agree with you, Benny C.


Keep the mask you’ve already got on jimbojones