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Takeaway Removes Sign Telling Customers They're Not Allowed To Wear Masks

Takeaway Removes Sign Telling Customers They're Not Allowed To Wear Masks

Mama Mia's Pizza and Kebab Takeaway said that face coverings were for 'hooligans, vigilantes, superheroes, criminals and asbestos workers'

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

A takeaway has removed a sign from its window which told customers they were not allowed to wear face masks inside the shop.

Mama Mia's Pizza and Kebab takeaway in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, put a notice up saying: "Masks are for: hooligans, vigilantes, superheroes, criminals and asbestos workers. Remove mask before entering. Thank you."

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The sign was spotted by a local and a photo was posted to social media, which met with a somewhat unimpressed response. Following this, the takeaway removed the window sign, with staff subsequently telling the BBC it had been taken down because it was 'inappropriate'.

Responding to the social media post, one person wrote: "Serves em right if they get infected then."

Another added: "I wouldn't be going in, then! How selfish!" While a third commented: "Amazing how some people can be above the law, how does that work I wonder!"

Face masks are required in takeaways.

Under the current guidelines, face coverings are compulsory for anyone entering a takeaway for the purposes of eating off-site.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis offered some clarity to those who were confused about exactly where the mask rule will apply.

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.


So it won't be necessary to wear one in a restaurant or a bar, because it's difficult to wear one while eating and drinking.

Lewis explained to Sky News: "Obviously if you're in a food outlet it's not practical to wear a face mask.

"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.

"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."

Hopefully you'll know now that it is also mandatory to use a mask or face covering in shops and supermarkets in England, with £100 fines possible for those flouting the rules.

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Topics: News, UK