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MP comments on face mask U-turn

14th July 2020
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

Later today the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, will announce that the wearing of facemasks in shops and supermarkets will become mandatory from 24th July.

The government say that this is in response to better scientific knowledge of the coronavirus, which suggests there is evidence that wearing a mask in an enclosed space helps to stop its spread.

However, this rule won’t come into place until the 24th of July, when this law will require people to wear masks in shops, with the Police empowered to issue fines of up to £100 for non-compliance.

There have been many questions about how this new law will be enforced, and why it wasn’t introduced sooner.

Reacting to the news, John Baron MP (Basildon and Billericay) said:

“As scientists study the coronavirus, we learn more about it including how best to stop it. Whilst the science was previously inconclusive, there is now a body of evidence to suggest that mask-wearing is beneficial and the Government is rightly changing the rules as a result.

“I strongly encourage everyone to comply with this change, which is not a big imposition and which could make a real difference in keeping the coronavirus under control.”

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