Britons may have to wear face masks in sandwich shops under new laws to be introduced tomorrow – but thousands of stores will not enforce the new rules.
No10 can be set to do the final face-turn, after confusion and mixed messages from ministers about whether customers need to wear masks when they're on the move.
Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on July 14 that wearing a face mask in stores and supermarkets will be mandatory starting Friday, July 24. Failure to comply will result in a fine of up to £ 100.
However, the new regulations will only be published on Thursday, less than 24 hours before they come into force, and ministers have been accused of lacking clarity last night.
The government is expected to try to clear the confusion surrounding food businesses, and will say that shoppers will not be able to buy groceries at the counter and then sit and eat on the premises .
And indoor food stalls are treated the same as other stores, and customers must wear a mask, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
A government source told the newspaper that only table-service restaurants would not need masks.
They added, "You have to sit down immediately if you want to eat. If you can sit at a table, you don't have to wear a mask."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to a medic as he visits the NHS Trust headquarters in London with a mask last week
A woman wears a protective face mask in a McDonald's after over 700 restaurants in the fast food chain have reopened with a dine-in service
A woman with a face mask is walking between shoppers on Oxford Street in London yesterday
Under the new rules, people must have their noses and mouths covered or fined up to £ 100. However, people with certain disabilities are excluded.
What are the rules for face masks?
The rules for face masks vary in the UK.
In Scotland they are mandatory for public transport and have been needed in shops since last Friday.
In England, they have been needed in public transport since last month. Anyone who does not use one can be refused passage or fined £ 100.
As of July 24th, facewear will also be mandatory in stores and supermarkets in England.
It is expected that the sales outlets can promote compliance with the law and refuse entry.
The government's guidelines state: "In both cases, the police are empowered to enforce these measures, if necessary, including by imposing a £ 100 fine."
They will bring England in line with Scotland, where face-covering is already mandatory in shops.
However, the rules for face masks came after days of government confusion last week about where and when to apply, and Mr. Hancock and the Prime Minister contradicted each other on the matter.
The health minister said last week: “You have to wear a face mask in Pret because Pret is a business. If there is a table service, no mask is required. But in every store you need a mask. So if you go to the counter in Pret to buy something to take away, it's a business. «
However, the Prime Minister's official spokesman later said: "We will publish the full guidelines shortly, but I understand that it would not be mandatory if you went to a sandwich shop, for example, to get a snack to wear a face covering.
"It's mandatory … we're talking supermarkets and other shops rather than groceries."
Despite changes in the law, businesses have said that they will not enforce the rules themselves, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Since the lockdown violence against retail workers has risen by an alarming 40 percent, shopkeepers fear that asking reluctant shoppers to put on a mask could worsen the situation.
James Lowman, general manager of the Association of Convenience Stores, said: “We help retailers communicate the rules of face covering to customers as much as possible, but have advised our members not to challenge customers who don't want to wear one.
In mid-June, an employee wearing PSA with a mask and visor served a customer at the counter of a Greggs bakery in London
Michael Gove got himself in line with a mask last week in Westminster – after imagining how he went bare-faced to Pret
"The security of retailers and their colleagues is a top priority for us. We strive to avoid potential abuse points in stores."
The ACS issues posters saying "Thank you for wearing a face mask" and signs explaining why some people are exempt from the tax. & # 39;
City police chief Dame Cressida Dick has said she hopes shoppers will instead be ashamed to wear face masks in stores.
Dame Cressida spoke to LBC yesterday and urged buyers to take the initiative and wear a mask. However, if the shopkeepers are concerned and "have tried everything else", their officials will try to help.
“Calling the police should be a last resort to solve a mask problem. But of course the law is the law, ”she said.
"I hope that the vast majority of people stick to it, and that people who don't stick to it will be embarrassed by shop owners or other members of the public to leave the shop.
"Of course, if anyone is concerned about what's going on in their business, they should call the police and we'll try to help you."
Chancellor Rishi Sunak posted a picture of himself wearing a blanket last week while Pret gives him something to take away
Helen Dickinson, General Manager of the British Retail Consortium, said: “While retailers will play their role in communicating the new rules for facewear, they cannot be the ones who enforce them.
Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman Munira Wilson said the government has only one day to enforce the new rules that are being enforced.
Face protection worn by hairdressers and salon workers does NOT protect against Covid-19, but masks do, say Swiss health authorities
Face shields worn by hairdressers do not protect against Covid-19 – but masks are, health chiefs in Switzerland have claimed.
Swiss officials investigated an outbreak of "several" coronavirus cases that occurred in a hotel in a village in the Alps – although employers had taken precautionary measures.
Experts found that only those wearing plastic visors were infected. However, according to the study, no one who wore a mask alone or in addition to a face mask caught the coronavirus.
The British government recommends clear visors for hairdressers, hairdressers, nail technicians and tattoo artists as a barrier between them and the customer.
However, it is claimed that neither the worker nor the customer have to wear any other protection to protect themselves against the corona virus.
Experts say there is a lack of strong scientific evidence to support face protection and that virus-laden droplets may still get into your mouth.
She said: “People need a government that can provide real security and that can bring the country to safety.
& # 39; Finally, clear communication is crucial in a public health crisis. Instead, this confusion about the instruction shows that the ministers simply couldn't organize a bread roll fight in a bakery.
“It all stinks of ministers who came up with it instead of listening to the experts.
"The government urgently needs to create the clarity that businesses need to operate, and people need to feel safe."
Since last month, passengers in England have had to wear face covers in public transport.
Former head of civil service, Lord O & # 39; Donnell, told colleagues on Wednesday that the government needed to improve its communications.
He gave evidence to the Lords Public Services Committee and said, "If anyone knows what the clear message on masks is, please tell me."
Ministers caused chaos last week with a number of contradicting statements and actions regarding face coverings.
For example, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and international trade minister Liz Truss were shown wearing masks at a Pret a Manger in Westminster – while Michael Gove was photographed in the sandwich shop without one.
Then, last Wednesday morning, Matt Hancock announced that covers would be mandatory in sandwich shops like Pret a Manger.
The answer sparked anger at the Mayor of London, Mr Khan, who tweeted: “To be honest, that's ridiculous. The virus does not know whether you are in a snack bar or in a supermarket.
& # 39; The government is risking public health to cover the back of a cabinet minister. Please wear a face covering in all shops and takeaways. & # 39;
Mr. Gove finally joined in wearing NHS branded facewear in Whitehall – after making publicly clear that he didn't think they should be legal and was found in a sandwich shop without one.
Downing Street's health minister was challenged later on Wednesday when the prime minister's spokesman insisted that this was not the case.
This was then refuted by officials from the Ministry of Health, who confirmed that masks would be mandatory from July 24th, according to all other shops.
The next day, Economics Minister Alok Sharma stated that Sky News masks were not required when buying takeaway food. "It won't be mandatory, but we would definitely encourage it," he said. As of tomorrow, masks will be needed in all stores across England.
Britain announces 79 more coronavirus deaths as the daily number of victims continues to decline. However, official figures show that the outbreak could increase with an average of 10% higher new cases than last week
by Sam Blanchard for MailOnline
Another 79 people have died of Covid-19 in the UK, as the official figures released today show that the daily number of victims is still decreasing – but the cases are still increasing, which indicates that the outbreak is increasing.
Department of Health statistics show that an average of 64 Britons succumb to the disease every day. In contrast, last Wednesday's rate was 75.
Today was the seventh day in a row that there were no deaths in Scotland and only one death in the last 14 days. This shows that the country is on the way to be free of corona viruses.
However, the number of cases appears to be increasing. A further 560 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, compared to 440 yesterday, and the seven-day average has increased 9.2 percent over the past week.
An average of 638 people are now diagnosed each day, up from 584 seven days ago and 546 a week earlier on July 8.
The rising average could be a sign that the infection is spreading again, confirming fears by top scientists that "Super Saturday" would trigger an increase in certain cases – or it could be the result of more targeted tests.
While the British Covid 19 outbreak continues to subside, ministers today announced that nursing homes in England may be reopened for visits for the first time.
The houses are now given the green light to work with local authorities and set up visiting systems that allow residents to have one “permanent visitor” at a time who can drop by, provided they book in advance and wear facewear.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said, "I know how painful it was for people in nursing homes not to receive visits from their relatives during that time."
Yesterday's data is as follows:
- Nursing homes in England can now be reopened to visitors to their residents as long as they comply with social distance and PSA rules. "
- An outbreak in Spain worsens so much that officials may be forced to rethink the rules that allow the British to vacation there without quarantining when they return.
- Public health experts say handshakes may be a thing of the past due to long-term social distance rules.
- A government SAGE adviser has said there is no evidence that children are passing Covid-19 on to their teachers anywhere in the world.
- A leading epidemiologist in Sweden said it was likely that anyone infected with coronavirus would not get it back within six months.
- The UK government is considering airlifting to regions with low levels of coronavirus, even if one country as a whole has not been classified as safe.
- Swiss health authorities say that the face shields worn by hairdressers and salon staff do not prevent Covid-19 and are not a substitute for masks.
Ministry of Health numbers released this afternoon showed that 140,000 tests had been performed or released the previous day. The number includes front-end antibody testing for NHS and caregivers.
How many people in the UK really died from the corona virus?
Ministry of Health: 45.501
The latest death toll from the Department of Health for all appointments (as of July 22, 9:00 a.m.) is 45,501.
Daily data doesn't indicate how many Covid-19 patients have died within the past 24 hours – it's just how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.
Only patients who tested positive for the virus are considered, as opposed to deaths suspected of being coronavirus.
National statistical offices: 56.113
Data compiled by home country statistics shows that by the end of May, 56,113 people across the UK had died from confirmed or suspected Covid-19.
The National Statistics Office confirmed yesterday that 51,096 people in England and Wales died by July 10 with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.
According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the number of coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland was 824 on the same day.
National Records Scotland – which collects statistics north of the border – said 4,193 people had died nationwide by July 19.
Their numbers are always 10 days behind the Ministry of Health (DH) as they wait until as many deaths as possible have been counted for each date to avoid revising their statistics.
Excessive deaths: 65,249
The total number of surplus deaths has now exceeded 65,000.
Excessive deaths are an accurate measure of the number of people killed by the pandemic because they span a wider range of victims.
The data not only refer to people who may have died with Covid-19 without having been tested, but also how many more have died because of, for example, postponing their medical treatment or when they did not come to the hospital or could you have been seriously ill.
Data from England and Wales show that an additional 59,324 deaths were recorded between March 15 and June 12, 4,924 in Scotland between March 10 and June 22 and 1,001 between March 28 and June 26 in Northern Ireland.
However, the bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, which means that the exact number of Britons dabbed because of the SARS CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month – since May 22 .
Health chiefs also reported that 560 additional people had tested positive for Covid-19. Government data shows that the official size of the UK outbreak is now 296,377 cases.
The actual size of the outbreak that got out of control in March is estimated at millions based on antibody test data.
This means that the moving average of daily cases has risen to 638 to 9 percent, compared to the 584 average last Wednesday.
Daily death records don't show how many Covid 19 patients have died within the past 24 hours – it's just how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.
The data do not always match the updates provided by the home countries. Department of Health officials are working on a different time limit, which means that daily updates from Scotland and Northern Ireland are always out of sync.
And the NHS England census every afternoon, which only takes hospital deaths into account, doesn't match the DH numbers because they use a different recording system.
For example, some deaths announced by NHS England chiefs have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records deaths "as soon as they are available".
The Department of Health has temporarily suspended the count on its website after it has been determined that Public Health England has counted the deaths of anyone who has ever suffered from coronavirus, regardless of its root cause.
Matt Hancock ordered a data collection review last week as scientists pointed out that the daily fatalities were too high because people who died for other reasons were involved.
Dr. Yoon Loke, a pharmacologist at the University of East Anglia, discovered the error and told MailOnline: “Because of this serious error in statistics and the fact that tens of thousands of older people are being monitored, there will be a very, very long tail of daily deaths .
& # 39; The death toll will decrease extremely slowly. It will certainly not be zero in the coming months as older people who have recovered from Covid-19 will unfortunately still succumb to other diseases. "
Government figures show that the rolling 7-day average of daily deaths is now 64 – a 15 percent drop from the 75 average this week.
NHS England today recorded 10 deaths from patients who tested positive for the infection in hospitals across the country. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales did not announce new victims.
It comes after data from the National Statistics Office showed yesterday that almost three times as many people die from flu and pneumonia in England and Wales as the coronavirus.
Covid-19 deaths have dropped to their lowest level long before the ban. In the week ending July 10, 283 people died of the life-threatening infection.
In contrast, 418 coronavirus deaths were recorded in England and Wales in the seven days before, and more than 8,000 were recorded in the worst week of the April crisis.
Yesterday was the lowest since the week of March 13, ten days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced draconian measures to curb the spread of the virus.
For comparison, 917 deaths from influenza and pneumonia were recorded in the same week. The number of registered Covid 19 deaths – which is always slightly higher than the number of deaths – was 366 in the same period.
Latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also shows that the number of deaths in all regions of England and Wales has decreased as the virus continues to subside in the UK.
And deaths from any cause are now lower than ever. Promising statistics show that the number of deaths has been below average for the past four weeks in a row.
ONS experts said that Covid-19 was likely to accelerate the deaths of people who had died for other reasons, which means the deaths of the year were pre-loaded. As a result, fewer people are now dying from causes such as heart disease and dementia because they have already succumbed to the coronavirus.
Separate data from last week showed that infection rates in the UK have stabilized and scientists suspect that the warmer weather could reduce mortality rates. However, there are growing concerns that the virus could return in winter, when people are more vulnerable, and cause more death and disease.
The government announced today that people living in nursing homes in England will be able to receive family visits again for the first time since the blockade began in March – but the population is limited to only one visitor at a time.
Health Minister Matt Hancock has given nursing homes the green light to arrange visits as long as the rules for social distance and protective equipment are followed.
However, each resident is only allowed one nominee who can visit regularly as long as he books in advance and wears a mask and additional PPE if necessary.
The eagerly awaited move brings England in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have been making nursing home visits possible for weeks.
Local councils and public health officials in England will decide on a case-by-case basis which houses can be reopened based on the level of coronavirus in the region.
Mr. Hancock said, “I know how painful it was for those in nursing homes not to receive visits from their relatives during that time.
& # 39; We are now able to carefully and safely allow visits to nursing homes based on local knowledge and circumstances for each nursing home.
"It is really important that we do not undo the hard work of nursing homes in the past few months while ensuring that families and friends can be safely reunited, so we have put in place guidelines that protect everyone."
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