Face coverings could soon be compulsory in shops and confined spaces, with the government set to make an announcement in the coming days, it has been reported. At present, face coverings are only mandatory in hospitals and on public transport in England, with anyone not wearing one at risk of receiving a fine.
Boris Johnson is now expected to tell the Commons that masks will be necessary in other parts of public life in order to encourage ‘more normal’ living while lockdown eases. More people are now returning to work, and the Prime Minister has come under increasing pressure to address confusion about what they should be doing when outside their homes.
He now has just days to push the new guidance through Parliament before the summer recess begins. The change to emergency legislation is likely to follow Scotland’s, where face coverings are already mandatory in shops. Speaking on Friday, Johnson said: ‘I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people they don’t normally meet.
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