Face masks and coverings now mandatory in most public places in England

It is now mandatory that face masks and coverings are worn by people in most public spaces across England. As more public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices are reopening after lockdown, Fylde Coast CCGs would like to urge local people to remain alert and to follow all the government guidelines. Wearing a face mask or covering lowers the risk of transmitting COVID-19 – protecting staff and fellow shoppers.

In addition, patients must also now wear a mask or covering if they attend a face-to-face appointment at their GP or local hospital.

Reducing the number of COVID-19 cases will also help to protect those on the NHS frontline from being overwhelmed. According to Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, the death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population.

As with the existing rules for public transport – if an individual refuses to wear a face covering in a shop, they will be refused entry and the police will have powers to issue a fine of up to £100.