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UK News Enforcing face covering law from today will be 'impossible' - Police Fed chairman

10:25  24 july  2020
10:25  24 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Retailers and police urged to ensure shoppers in England wear face coverings

  Retailers and police urged to ensure shoppers in England wear face coverings Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce that anyone failing to comply with the order in England from July 24 could face a fine of up to £100. Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers in London, said the law will be “impossible for enforcement” as he called for shopkeepers to “step up to the plate and take some responsibility”.“It will be nigh on impossible for enforcement because you won’t have a police officer on every shop door because there isn’t enough of us,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation said that by the time officers get to the scene, perpetrators will most likely be long gone as shopkeepers do not have Peter Cowgill – chairman of UK clothing chain JD Sports – believes that it shouldn’t be down to his employees to enforce the law .


Enforcing the wearing of face coverings in shops will be "impossible", the chairman of the Police Federation has told Sky News as legislation comes into force in England.

John Apter, who represents rank and file officers in England and Wales, said forces simply do not have the manpower to enforce the new measure.

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He said: "Not only is it going to be difficult, it is going to be impossible. We simply can't do it.

"Policing has been stretched like never before. There are not enough of us to make this work."

a woman talking on a cell phone: The new rules on wearing face coverings in England have come into effect after weeks of government confusion © PA The new rules on wearing face coverings in England have come into effect after weeks of government confusion Those who fail to wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100 - in line with those failing to wear a face mask on public transport.

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John Apter, the national chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, said: ‘What we need from Brian Booth, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said on Twitter: ‘ Policing ‘My colleagues cannot engage, explain, encourage or enforce such woolly rules. This is now down to

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The fine will reduce to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Mr Apter said officers will only attend shops or supermarkets if people not wearing a face covering refuse to leave a shop.

"If people think they are going to see police officers outside every single store to ensure people are wearing masks then I am afraid they are going to be disappointed."

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Police say it is the responsibility of shop managers to ask non-mask wearers to leave their stores instead of calling them out to solve the problem.

"If people fail to comply with it, the police can be called in to deal with it," Mr Apter said.

"I would hope what we will see is what we have seen throughout this whole pandemic and that is the vast majority of the public complying."

According to the College of Policing, officers will have the power to "use force" to remove customers from shops if they do not wear face coverings, as well as prevent them from entering.

a man wearing a suit and tie: John Apter says 'there are not enough of us to make this work' © Getty John Apter says 'there are not enough of us to make this work'

The new law does not apply to staff working in shops and people are not required to wear masks inside pubs, bars or restaurants.

It does include banks and supermarkets.

In Scotland, it is required by law to wear face coverings in both shops and on public transport.

People are not currently required to wear them in Wales or Northern Ireland.

Shop owner Diane Bardon accused the government of "mixed messaging" and said she won't enforce restrictions on customers who refuse to cover up.

She told Sky News: "I am not going to call the police on my customers. If I give them a mask and they don't want to wear it then so be it. I can't force them to do it. I would allow them. This is my livelihood. Who is going to pay my rent and bills if I don't?"

Some people are exempt from the rules - children under 11 and those with breathing problems are not required to wear a covering.

The government has been accused of being unclear in its own advice over face coverings, leading to confusion as to where people should be wearing them.

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.

Refuse entry to customers not wearing face coverings, Police Federation says .
National chairman John Apter said forces ‘do not have the resources’ to widely enforce the rules.Police can hand out £100 fines to people in shops, shopping centres, banks, takeaways, post offices, sandwich shops and supermarkets in England who flout the rules.

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