Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will become mandatory from Friday July 24th.

Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law and can refuse entry. Those who fail to comply with the new rules could face a fine of up to £100. This new ruling also applies to food takeaway outlets, and will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

Since mid-May, people have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet. The wearing of face masks has also been compulsory on public transport in England since the middle of June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt: for more information on the Government guidelines, click here.