The Prime Minister has indicated that the Government will be making an announcement on the wearing of face coverings in shops in the next few days.
“A formal review is taking place and we will be discussing it with scientific advisers this week and setting out a final position in the next few days.” said a Downing Street spokesman at the Daily press briefing
“They have a great deal of value in confined spaces where you’re coming into contact with people you don’t normally meet,” the prime minister told reporters during a visit to the London ambulance service.
“The scientific evaluation of face coverings and their importance on stopping aerosol droplets, that’s been growing, so I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face covering if you’re going to be in a confined space and you want to protect other people and receive protection in turn.”
“Yes, face coverings, I think people should be wearing in shops, and in terms of how we do that – whether we will be making that mandatory or not – we will be looking at the guidance, we will be saying a little bit more in the next few days.”
Johnson added: “We will be looking in the next few days about exactly how, with what tools of enforcement, we think we want to make progress [over coronavirus].
“As the virus comes down in incidence and we have more and more success, I think face coverings are a kind of extra insurance we can all use to stop it coming back and stop it getting out of control again.
“To be absolutely clear I do think that face coverings do have a real value in confined spaces and I do think the public understand that.”