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Is Face Coverings In Shops Compulsory

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nailit | 16:48 Fri 24th Jul 2020 | Law
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Just been into my local corner shop (with mask on) and no other customers were wearing them.
Queried it with the shop assistant who told me that the owner had decided that he was leaving it up to the customers whether to wear one or not.
Also been reported in my local rag that many big name stores are refusing to 'police' customers who dont wear a face covering.

So is this thing *law* or simply guidline's with threat of a fine?
(And how can you be fined for dismissing a 'guidline'?
Thanks.

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19:28 Sat 25th Jul 2020
I too think it's a crazy idea but, as has been pointed out, an SI has the full force of law. How people react to that is for them to decide.
NJ, you wrote, "Plain and simple. Every person must wear a seat belt."

What about taxi drivers, certain delivery drivers, the police and those with a medical exemption for example?
//What about taxi drivers, certain delivery drivers, the police and those with a medical exemption for example?//

Please read the rest, Corby. Particularly the bit about the "Following Provisions". Those provisions provide the exceptions you mention (among others). It would be up to the defendant to convince the court that his particular circumstances were subject to one of those provisions.
A "law" is only anyt good if the people are behind it.

The Government are elected to represent the people, if they fail to do that all the laws in the land mean jack. This is particularity true of the British, we are a proud strong liberal race but if pushed too far...

Bojo, you are on warning.
And I forgot to add that the difference between the face coverings legislation and the seat belt legislation is that in the latter all the prosecution has to prove is that no seat belt was being worn. The right to an exemption must be proved by the defendant. The former, because of the way it is worded, places the burden on the prosecution to show that no exemption was applicable. The offence is "entering (or remaining on) premises, without a reasonable excuse, with no face covering." The legislation should have been framed along the lines:

S1 - It is an offence to enter or remain on premises without a face covering.

S2 - A person shall not be guilty of an offence under S1 if he can show that he had a reasonable excuse.

Then all the prosecution has to prove is that the premises was entered with no face covering worn. It would then be up to the defendant to satisfy the court that he had a reasonable excuse.

It ain't rocket science. If the defendant chooses not to respond to any questions about being exempt that is his right. He will have no case to answer in court because the prosecution will not have proved their case. He will not have to give evidence to counter the prosecution's successful case and the warning he receives "It may harm you defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court" will be irrelevant because he will need nothing to rely on.
""It may harm you defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court"

The problem here, as I know from experience, is that Plod then say "YMB refused to make a statement" then the beak assume you are guilty.
Just wear a face-covering when you're in a shop or a take-away.
Dont' wear a face-covering when you're in a pub or restaurant.

Seems simple. If you can't wear a face-covering for 10-20-30 mins in a shop, don't go or stop complaining.
If you can wear wear one, do so out of courtesy if nothing else.
Alba, but weren’t we told takeaway shops would be exempt?
Who knows why, except M Gove was seen w/o a mask leaving a takeaway?

This is a massive shambles.
NJ, the Regs state, “No person may, without reasonable excuse, enter or remain within a relevant place without wearing a face covering” and later goes on to give examples of what is meant by a reasonable excuse.

How does that prevent the police taking the same approach as that in the seatbelt legislation?

If the police see someone without a face covering, is it not up to that person to show they have a reasonable excuse for not wearing the covering in the same way someone in a car has to demonstrate they fall within one of the seatbelt exemptions?

If the defendant fails to give a reasonable excuse for not wearing a face covering, how is he not "without a reasonable excuse"?
Jo, you're right. Blooming massive shambles x

It was said that re-opening was going o be more complicated than the blanket closing - fair enough. 'They' knew that and yet, they' are not making it clear enough for the re-opening. Shame on them.
From bbc link:

“It is not compulsory for shop workers to wear face coverings but the government said it "strongly" recommended that employers consider their use where appropriate.”

Customers must wear masks to protect shop workers. If I enter a shop masked & someone unmasked coughs near me, I will remonstrate at them - after photoing them - & seek prosecution if I suffer. Woe betide the tambos in your midst!

What if the person has a reasonable excuse for not wearing a face covering?
If you use an inhaler & have a script to cover it, you are exempt from the mask. BUT if you have a cough stay home; if I’m about ;)
Who gave you that information tambo ?
I have COPD & my doc suggested I use a visor instead of a mask. I wear full ppe 6hrs daily & its effing uncomfortable, causing me migraines that Ive never had before.
Gloves next, you watch:-(
Hairdressers are used to gloves - we dont like nits jumping on us, lol
we dont like nits jumping on us, lol

LOL, nit nurses as well as hairdressers.
Watchit Tony, our scissors are sharp

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