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UK News When do I have to wear a mask? Rules changing in England tomorrow

14:52  23 july  2020
14:52  23 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Those who fail to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. Why are the rules in England changing ? Since mid-May the public in England have been advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces, such as supermarkets, where it can be difficult to follow social distancing rules .

In England , rules regarding face masks are changing , with new measures being introduced this week to make it mandatory to While not an official exemption card, those who are exempt from having to wear a mask may find it useful in proving they don’t have to wear a covering when entering a shop.

Face coverings will be compulsory in shops in England from Friday to stop the spread of coronavirus.

But they are still not mandatory in cafes, pubs and restaurants, which has led to confusion over where the new rule applies in relation to buying food.

Does a takeaway, for example, count as a shop or a restaurant? And what about fast food outlets that offer both dine-in and takeaway service?

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In England , they have been required on public transport since last month. However the rules on face masks came after days of confusion in Government last week about where and when Please wear a face covering in all shops and takeaways.' Mr Gove finally fell into line by wearing an NHS-branded

Official guidance says those in England should also wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible. Children under the age of 11, operator staff, transport officials, police officers and other emergency service workers while on duty do not have to comply

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a person holding a sign: People who flout the law face a £100 fine © Imagebridge People who flout the law face a £100 fine

The government has sought to clarify its position today after being accused of sending mixed messages with conflicting advice and examples from ministers.

Speaking on Sky News' Kay Burley@Breakfast show, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed masks must be worn when visiting sandwich shops if taking away.

"If you are going into Pret a Manger, and you are eating in Pret a Manger, which in some of their stores you can, then obviously you wouldn't be wearing a face mask because you're eating.

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England : The rules changed in England on 15 June, which mean people who don't wear a mask on public transport - except for some groups including children under the age of 11 - can be refused travel or even fined. From 24 July the same rule will apply when visiting shops or supermarkets.

Many people wearing the masks now are doing it to try and protect themselves from infection. Dr Jake Dunning, head of emerging infections and zoonoses at Public Health England , said He said masks had to be worn correctly, changed frequently and got rid of safely if they were to work properly.

"But it's clear, good common sense that if you are going in to buy a takeaway and you're leaving again, you're treating it like a shop and you should be wearing a face mask", he said.

The clarification means that takeaways and coffee shops with indoor seating will be classed as shops, not restaurants.

a person wearing a costume: Wearing face coverings in shops is already mandatory in Scotland © Imagebridge Wearing face coverings in shops is already mandatory in Scotland Therefore, masks will be mandatory within them from tomorrow.

Buying food from a counter and then sitting down to eat inside will be banned, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper also reports that premises with table service will be exempt from the new rules but customers who dine-in must sit down straight away.

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It means that in some food outlets, there will be differing rules depending on your reason for visiting.

In McDonald's, for example, anyone who sits down to eat will not have to wear a mask. But anyone who orders takeaway from the counter will.

Those who fail to wear a mask could be fined up to £100 - brought down to £50 if paid within fortnight.

a bottle of wine in front of a store: Police in some areas will not enforce the rule unless shoppers are violent © Imagebridge Police in some areas will not enforce the rule unless shoppers are violent Children under 11 and those with disabilities are exempt.

But it remains unclear how strictly the new law will be enforced.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has already said they will not challenge customers who enter their stores without a mask.

Head of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick has said officers should only be called for someone failing to wear a face covering as "a last resort".

And police and crime commissioners for Thames Valley, Devon and Cornwall have said their officers will not attend incidents where shoppers refuse to wear masks, unless they turn violent.

Wearing face coverings in shops is already mandatory in Scotland.

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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