Face coverings are compulsory in shops from Friday 24 July to stop the spread of coronavirus.
£100 fine if failure to comply
People who fail to comply will face a £100 fine, although children under 11 and those with certain disabilities are exempt.
The government is introducing these rules to minimise risk of spreading coronavirus and to increase confidence as the country returns to a new type of normality. It follows scientific advice about face coverings, issued by the World Health Organisation.
Supporting local shops
Essex Police says it will continue to explain and encourage, with enforcement always being a last resort.
Officers will be supporting shops in their local areas, where necessary, to help explain to people why they are now required to wear a face covering when shopping and encourage them to follow the guidance.
Wearing facemasks and protecting workers
Leader of Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said:
Wearing a face covering should give residents more confidence to shop safely.
Our local businesses have been hard hit through these difficult times, and we want them to prosper and stay open so let’s help them by wearing facemasks and protecting workers and each other.
Advice on handwashing remains
Government advice on handwashing remains the same – to use soap and water for 20 seconds and hand sanitiser if this isn’t available.
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