Government U-turn on face masks for takeaway customers

Updated: Jul 20

Customers will not have to wear face coverings in takeaways in England, the government has now announced.

The U-turn follows conflicting advice yesterday in which health secretary Matt Hancock stated any customers using counter service would have to wear a mask.

However, No.10 has now come out and said there will be an exemption for sandwich retailers and fast food sellers.

The prime minister’s official spokesperson said: “We will be publishing the full guidance shortly but my understanding is that it wouldn’t be mandatory if you went in, for example, to a sandwich shop in order to get a takeaway to wear a face covering.

“It is mandatory… we are talking about supermarkets and other shops, rather than food shops.”

Staff are not required to wear face coverings either, although the government does "recommend" it.


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