From Friday 24 July, it will be mandatory for most people to wear a face mask or face covering in supermarkets and shops in England.

Information from Fylde Coast CCG:

As more shops and attractions are reopening after lockdown, we would like to urge local people to remain alert and to follow all the Government guidelines. Wearing a face mask or covering lowers the risk of transmitting COVID-19 – protecting shop assistants and fellow shoppers.

Reducing the number of COVID-19 cases will also help to protect those on the NHS frontline from being overwhelmed. According to Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, the death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population.

As with the existing rules for public transport – if an individual refuses to wear a face covering in a shop, they will be refused entry and the police will have powers to issue a fine of up to £100.

Who is exempt?

The Government has said the following people are exempt from wearing a face mask or covering:

  • A child under the age of 11.

  • Someone with an impairment that could be affected by putting on a face mask.

  • Someone travelling with another person who requires lip reading.

  • Someone with a severe disability which means they are unable to put a mask on or it causes a lot of distress.

You may also remove your face covering for a short period if you need to take medication, eat or drink.

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You must also wear a face covering when visiting hospital – you can find out more here. And also when visiting your GP practice – find out more here.