Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become compulsory from 24 July and anyone who fails to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100.
The move will bring England in line with other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.
Since mid-May, people in England have only been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, but it’s been compulsory on public transport since 15 June.
It’s expected that Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out the new guidance on face coverings on Tuesday.
The new rules on mandatory face coverings will be enforced by the police and anyone who’s found to be disregarding them will face a fine of up to £100 – reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days.
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