The COVID Diaries – 116 23rd July
From tomorrow face masks will have to be worn in shops and supermarkets in England under new rules which have been criticised as being very confused.
At the last minute, the government confirmed that the masks will be required in shops and takeaways if people intend to take their food and coffee away – however customers will be allowed to remove them if sitting down to consume food or drink bought on site.
Meanwhile Public Health England has added Luton and Blackburn to its watch list due to high infection rates. Further lockdown-easing measures such as the reopening of sports centres have been postponed in both areas.