Rules for shoppers on face coverings as many high street stores reopen

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Rules for shoppers on face coverings as many high street stores reopen

Thousands of non-essential shops across England are reopening their doors to customers for the first time in almost three months in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown rules.

From today there have been some major changes to lockdown rules, but Scotland, Wales and England are working at different stages.

Zoos and safari parks are also welcoming back visitors, places of worship can open for private prayer while some secondary school pupils will begin returning to their classrooms.

At the same time passengers on public transport will be required to wear face coverings as the pace of activity begins to pick up, the Manchester Evening News reports.

This includes buses, trams, trains, coaches, aircrafts and ferries but there is, however, an exemption to this rule for young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.

And this also applies to all hospital visitors and outpatients in England.

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But with the reopening of many stores, many shoppers have questioned if they should wear a face covering when they hit the high street.

Currently, it is not compulsory to wear a face mask when out shopping in a supermarket or in other stores such as clothing retailers.

Many chains have put social-distancing measures and other rules in place to meet Covid-secure government guidance.

Boris Johnson said he did not know whether to expect “a flood or a trickle” when the shops reopened but that he hoped people would return in “sensible” numbers.

Visiting Westfield shopping centre in east London on Sunday, he acknowledged some people may be nervous about returning to the high street after so long away but insisted they “should shop and shop with confidence”.

Ministers are under intense pressure from Conservative MPs to go further by the easing the two-metre social-distancing so the hard pressed hospitality sector can also reopen.

Mr Johnson confirmed at the weekend that he had ordered a “comprehensive” Downing Street review of the regulation.

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