LONDON | After long hesitations, the british government has decided to make the wearing of masks compulsory in shops in England from 24 July to prevent a resumption of the outbreak of a new coronavirus, a measure hailed Tuesday as a beneficial, but belated.
The port mask is currently mandatory only in transit since the 15th of June, and it was only recommended in enclosed public places.
Why wait ten days? “We want to give a little time for people to prepare,” said the Environment minister, George Eustice on Sky News.
“The evidence, understanding” on the usefulness of masks, “has evolved”, he added. “While we are maintaining the containment, and allow more places to open, we also need to review the measures in place to limit transmission of the virus and control it”.
This obligation will not apply to pubs or restaurants, said Mr Eustice on the BBC, to employees of supermarkets.
Violators risk up to 100 pounds of a fine (170 $), as is already the case in the transportation.
Wearing a mask in the stores is already compulsory, particularly in Scotland and in several european countries.
Countries most affected in Europe, with nearly 45 000 deaths tested positive, the United Kingdom has lifted most of the restrictions that have been introduced since the containment decreed on 23 march for the fight against the spread of the virus, but the different regions of the United Kingdom have adopted different calendars for the relax.
The British Medical Association, which represents doctors in british, was of the view that the obligation of wearing a mask in the stores was “long overdue” and should be applied immediately.
The mayor of London, labour’s Sadiq Khan, has welcomed the BBC this “volte-face” of the conservative government, on the door of the mask, emphasizing that “this small step could make a huge difference, combined with other measures”.
The British Retail Consortium, the trade association of the retail trade, has welcomed the “clarity” of this obligation, after the “mixed messages” that made it “really difficult for people to understand what they needed to do”.