After complaints of mixed messages, the government has announced that face masks must be worn in shops in England from July 24.
Any shopper who fails to comply with the new rule will face a fine of up to £100, which will be reduced to £50 if payment is made within 14 days.
In line with face mask requirements on public transport in England, children under the age of 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
The regulation will come into effect more than a week after Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon made face masks mandatory in shops in Scotland from July 10.
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