Britons must wear face masks when collecting food or drink in takeaways or coffee shops and while visiting banks and shops under new laws set to be introduced tomorrow, a Cabinet Minister confirmed today.
But thousands of stores in England are not expected to enforce the rules, with No 10 facing a possible U-turn amid confusion and mixed messages from ministers over where customers will have to wear the coverings.
In the latest advice, Conservative MP and Cabinet minister Brandon Lewis said today that masks must be worn in shops , banks and when picking up a takeaway – but not if eating in at a restaurant offering takeaways.
It comes nine days after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on July 14 that wearing a face mask in shops and supermarkets will be compulsory from tomorrow, with anyone failing to comply facing a fine of up to £100.
But the new rules will only be published today, less than 24 hours before they come into effect, with hospitality chiefs accusing ministers of ‘two different messages coming out’ and not providing enough clarity.