The UK Government is due to announce that wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will be compulsory from 24 July

The news comes when Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself wore a mask for the first time in public last week, and went further on Monday, urging the public in England to wear masks in shops as “extra insurance” against the coronavirus. He has said: “The scientific evidence of face coverings, and the importance of stopping aerosol droplets; that’s been growing. So I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face covering.”

Those who fail to comply with the new rules could 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.

Face masks have already been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

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