The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.
It was recently announced that from 24 July, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. People who don’t will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.
If you’re picking up a takeaway coffee or food in England, you’ll also have to wear a mask, but this rule doesn’t apply to sit-in meals. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, confirmed: “If you’re going in to buy a takeaway, and leaving again, you’re treating it like a shop – and you should be wearing a face mask.”
On 14 July health secretary, Matt Hancock, said: