Facemasks will be mandatory in shops and other public places such as transport hubs, banks and post offices starting from Friday, the United Kingdom government said. In an attempt to to help curb the spread of the deadly virus, UK government has released new rules in less than 12 hours before they become enforced.
It said the new rule was an important step in lifting the COVID-19 lockdown, which has been in place since it was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23.
And UK police will be able to use force to remove customers from shops if they do not wear face coverings, as well as prevent them from entering, said guidance from the college of policing.
While it would be mandatory to wear facemask while purchasing any goods or food items from the shops, although facemasks won't be mandatory in restaurants.
There are also some exemptions to the new rules for children under the age of 11, those with any disabilities or any respiratoty issues that make it difficult for them to wear face coverings.
Public Health England has warned parents not to buy face coverings for the children under the age of three because of the risk of the choking or suffocation.
Speaking to British broadcaster Sky News, Edinburgh's University's Global Public Health Chair said that facemasks helped to block any droplets that could be coming out through talking or sneezing or coughing.
Face mask is the simplest way to protect others.
Those who are caught without face coverings could be fined up to 250 US dollars.