A law will come into effect from 24 July which will seek to make wearing face masks compulsory in shops .
Defaulters will face a police imposed fine of up to N6000 (£100)
The new laws will be set out by UK's Health Secretary Matt Hancock after weeks of conflicting signals from ministers
Wearing of face masks in shops is already compulsory in Scotland as from Friday 11 July.
England's official guidance has always before now be a mere recommendation that people should wear face coverings in shops and other enclosed spaces, it is not mandatory.
When the law confess into effect Shoppers who refuse to put on face masks would be compelled to pay£100 which will be reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks.
U.K prime minister Boris Johnson who newly started wearing face mask was quoted yesterday as declaring that masks have “a great deal of value in confined spaces” where strangers mingle.
It became compulsory on 15 June for travellers to put on masks on while using public transport in England, with people who flout the law also subject to £100 fines.
Responsibility for enforcing the new law will rest with police rather than shop workers who have warned they could be drawn into ugly confrontations if they demand that customers wear coverings.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus.
“The Prime Minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from 24 July.”
Should Nigeria join the queue in making wearing of mask compulsory in shots and supermarkets and imposing a heavy fine on the violators as a means of curbing the exerbatting increase in the number of Corona Virus positive cases?
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