Face coverings made compulsory after study inspires debate

Face coverings in shops will be made compulsory from 24 July, and the prohibition may be extended to other indoor spaces. The move follows last week’s COVID-19 face coverings study from Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science on behalf of the Royal Society and British Academy.

The announcement was made yesterday that, from 24 July, shoppers face a £100 fine, if they enter a shop without a face covering.

Professor Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre and lead author of the study on the effectiveness of face coverings, says, ‘It is great news that face coverings are to be made compulsory in shops in England. More than 120 countries around the world have introduced recommendations or regulations and the report last week contains clear evidence that face coverings are effective in respect of COVID-19.’


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