With the UKs Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown being eased, more people are beginning to use face masks. There have been many doubts about the use of face masks to prevent the spread of COVD-19 and this has been going on since the virus first hit the UK. Face masks are already mandatory on public transport within the UK, but from the 24th July 2020, in England they will become mandatory in shops and businesses as well.

Retailers have already been working hard on changing operations to look after staff, keep customers safe and still create an enjoyable shopping experience. However, will they now need to enforce people to wear face masks?

According to www.gov.uk, ‘shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law (as they would do more generally) and can refuse entry. If necessary, the police have the powers to enforce these measures, including through issuing a fine of £100 (halving to £50 if paid within 14 days).’

It’s up to everyone to take responsibility for themselves and look at the bigger picture of making the shopping experience safer in the UK. On the other hand, those that do not heed such advice, will face £100 face mask fine for breaking the new coronavirus rule.

We hope that this new guideline will allow shoppers to feel more secure and safe and creating have a more enjoyable experience.