TO prevent the spread of coronavirus, from Friday, July 24, face coverings will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England, with those flouting the rule slapped with a £100 fine.
Already compulsory on public transport, masking the mouth and nose reduces the risk of asymptomatic carriers — people who are infected but show no symptoms — from passing on the bug.
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Four simple steps to make your own face covering from a T-shirt
Step one: Using the scissors cut a line across the width of the T-shirt around 20cm
Step two: From the top of the right hand corner of the fabric, measure 2cm below this and then make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric
Step three: The next step is to cut downwards until you reach 2cm above the edge.
Now make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom to make a rectangle that can be thrown away.
Step four: Now, to make the ties that secure the mask you need two long strips of fabric. Then unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and nose to secure. This then needs to be tied around the head and around the neck.
What are the new rules for shops?
From Friday, July 24, the Government has implemented the rule that people entering shops must wear face masks.
Shopkeepers have been told to dob in lawbreaking customers to cops – but officers have warned it will be impossible to police.
The new Covid-19 rule comes after ministers were criticised for contradicting each other on the need for masks.
Boris Johnson said wearing a mask while shopping is a vital “insurance policy” to stop a second wave of coronavirus.
The Government is asking people to wear a simple face covering, and not to buy up PPE standard medical masks as they are still needed for the NHS.