Boris Johnson to clarify face mask rules in ‘next few days’, Report

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Excess deaths figures
Coronavirus UK Updates: Excess deaths figures

The Government will make an announcement “in the next few days” on whether face coverings should be mandatory in shops, Boris Johnson has said.

The Prime Minister said it is “very important” to wear a face covering in confined space “to protect other people and receive protection”. He added that ministers would be “looking at the guidance a little bit more in the next few days.”

His comments came after Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said they should not be made compulsory, despite Mr Johnson calling for “stricter” rules. A behavioural expert who advises ministers said the messaging should be “clear, coherent and consistent”.

Meanwhile, beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo shops reopened today for the first time in four months as part of the latest relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England.

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