Ending days of speculation, the United Kingdom government on Tuesday declared that wearing a face mask or face covering will become mandatory in shops across England from July 24 and a fine of up to 100 pounds would be imposed on those not complying with the rule as the country eases out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that the government would take a stricter line on face masks.
The government's move to make the wearing of face coverings in shops mandatory will be "impossible to enforce", a police boss has warned.
"There is evidence that wearing a mask gives people more confidence to go back to shopping", he also said, as government tries to revive British economy hit by coronavirus crisis, which has already done more 44 500 dead in the country.
Enforcement of the regulations will be the responsibility of the police.
However, many thousands of children likely to travel by public transport in September to get to and from school, there is likely to be more clarification on this policy the closer we get to the start of the new school year as transport and education bosses publish their plans. For the Police Federation, chairman John Apter spoke likewise: it will, without doubt, add pressure to police officers who are already being stretched to the limit, he said. Michael Gove recently said in an interview that he does not believe masks should be mandatory in shops, while Rishi Sunak was pictured serving food to customers in a restaurant without a mask.
In England, a face covering is allowed to be a mask, or a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.
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She said: "Clear communication is so important, more so now than ever before, so whether you are for or against wearing a face mask, I think this news is welcome as it provides clarity to everyone after days of mixed messages which has created uncertainty and angst".
"They can quite easily put signs up on their doors, "No mask on, no entry, this is private property".
It came after rules including the requirement that face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces such as workplaces were announced in the Blackburn with Darwen area to avoid a Leicester-style lockdown.
The BMA also believes that the wearing of face coverings should be extended to all settings where people can not maintain physical distancing. I think people should be trusted, I think we should be given a choice.
"We'll be driving around and around London looking for people who aren't wearing masks".
You have a physical or mental health impairment that prevents you from wearing a face mask.
"Lack of strong evidence of their effectiveness should not be considered a problem but the evidence is accumulating that they have a part to play in reducing transmission and also in protecting the wearer", said Keith Neal, an epidemiologist at the University of Nottingham.