UK, France set to extend rules on face coverings in public

LONDON (AP) — British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. The requirement is expected to take effect from July 24. The decision Tuesday follows weeks of prevarication by the government over masks’ worth during the coronavirus pandemic. Hancock told lawmakers in the House of Commons that face coverings can help keep people working in shops safe and can give people more confidence to shop safely. Already, people in England have to wear face coverings on public transport and in a hospital setting. Anyone not wearing a face covering in those environments could be fined 100 pounds ($125) and shops can refuse entry to anyone failing to comply.