Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said on Monday that Britons should be wearing face coverings in shops, as they offer a “great deal of value.”
The government have come under fire for announcing mixed messages to the public over face covering, as it is mandatory to wear them on transport, but not in shops.
Johnson has signalled that his government could bring in changes this week as he admitted that there is evidence, they can control the spread of the virus.
Johnson said, “What we’ve said for a while now is that we do think masks have a great deal of value – obviously they’re mandatory on public transport, on the Tube – but they have a great deal of value in confined spaces, where you’re coming into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
“What’s been interesting on the face coverings issue in the last few months is the scientific evaluation of face coverings and their importance in stopping aerosol droplets, that’s been growing.
“So, I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face covering, if you’re going to be in a confined space and you want to protect other people and to receive protection in turn.
“Yes, face coverings, I think, people should be wearing in shops.
“And, in terms of how we do that, whether we make it mandatory or not, we will be looking at the guidance, we’ll be saying a little bit more in the next few days.”
The Prime Minister added, that the government will be looking into “what tools of enforcement” they could introduce to “make progress” in wearing face coverings.
In Scotland it is mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, and in Wales it is now compulsory to wear them on public transport and taxis.