Salisbury Business Improvement District

Face coverings to become mandatory in shops

15th July 2020

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to become mandatory from Friday 24th July 2020.

Members of the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, however Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced from 24th July it will become compulsory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets.

Whilst shoppers must wear a face covering, retail staff are not required to wear a face covering.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. Read the latest government guidance for face coverings.

The British Retail Consortium has said that together with other social distancing measures, face coverings can make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the high street.

Download a face covering poster for your shop window

The rules will be enforced by the police and those who fail to comply will face a fine of up to £100.

Mr Hancock confirmed a shop can refuse entry if a face covering isn't worn and can call the police if they refuse to comply.

Salisbury BID is encouraging shops to keep a stock of disposable face masks to avoid having to turn away customers if they forget theirs.

Boxes of disposable face masks can be bought here locally, with 100% of money going to The Stars Appeal Charity.