Face Masks Compulsory In English Coffee Shops And Takeaways From Tomorrow
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis offered some clarity to those who were confused about exactly where the mask rule will apply, as it comes into force tomorrow.
We know that it will be mandatory to use a mask or face covering in shops and supermarkets in England from tomorrow, with £100 fines possible for those flouting the rules.
But it's not going to be necessary to wear one in a restaurant or a bar, because it's difficult to wear one while eating and drinking.
However, Lewis spoke to BBC Breakfast and confirmed that those who are eating inside a takeaway don't have to wear one, but those just buying their food and leaving will.
Got it? Clear as daylight, right?
Well, stay alert and we'll try to get through the rules before it all kicks off tomorrow.
Lewis explained to Sky News: "Obviously if you're in a food outlet it's not practical to wear a face mask.
"What changes from tomorrow is if you're in a retail environment, if you're in a shop or a supermarket, you should be wearing a face mask.
"If you're going into Pret a Manger and you are eating in Pret a Manger, which in some of their stores you can, then obviously you wouldn't be wearing a face mask because you're eating."
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"But it's clear, good common sense that if you're going in to buy a takeaway and leaving again, you're treating it like a shop - and you should be wearing a face mask."
As he's mentioned, this does leave places like Pret a Manger, McDonald's and any other restaurant/takeaway of their type in somewhat of a grey area.
However, the one thing that has been made clear is that retail outlets in England will be places in which face coverings are mandatory.
On BBC Breakfast, Lewis added: "If you're going into an outlet and you're buying as if it's a shop, you should be wearing a face mask."
He also said that the rules are 'reasonable common sense'.
Lewis went on: "But of course, it's not practical to wear a face mask if you're eating.
"So for hospitality, if you're going into that place to buy a sandwich and eat it on site, then of course no, you don't have to wear a face mask.
"But if you're using it as a shop, you should be wearing a face mask."
Right, well that clears all that up, then.
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