Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24th July 2020

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24th July 2020

July 15, 2020

In the past few weeks non-essential retail premises have reopened to the public and yesterday, it was announced that as part of a move to enhance protection for those that work in shops, as well as to give people more confidence to shop safely, face coverings would be made mandatory in shops (including pharmacies) and supermarkets from 24th July 2020.

In a statement to Parliament yesterday, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said “the death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher among men, and 60% higher among women than in the general population. So, as we restore shopping, so we must keep our shopkeepers safe.”
Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering could face a fine of up to £100. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. The liability for wearing a face covering will lie with the individual, not the retailer.

The statement goes on to point out that ‘should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police if people refuse to comply, the police have the formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine’.

Read the statement here

PSNC has previously provided guidance to contractors on the use of facemasks and face coverings, including an initial poster template that can be displayed to advise patients and customers to wear face coverings.

Read our guidance on facemasks and face coverings

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