Retail workers have been told to wear face masks in stores and outlets under new restrictions put forward by Government this week.

Boris Johnson said masks would become obligatory for shop assistants and workers in pubs, restaurants and cafés in England.

Revealing the full list of those who must wear face coverings, the Prime Minister said: “We will extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private-hire vehicles and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.”


Under stricter rules, those who flout the new rules could face fines of up to £200, while retailer businesses could see fines of as much as £10,000.

BRC director of business and regulation, Tom Ironside, told The Grocer: “Retailers are working hard to keep their customers and staff safe throughout this pandemic.

“They have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on coronavirus safety measures including perspex screens, social distancing measures and additional hygiene measures.”

Adding: “Retailers support all necessary safety measures including the use of face coverings for all staff.”

The measure comes in as SAGE, the group behind scientific decisions made by Government throughout the coronavirus crisis upped the alert level from 3 to 4.

This means the virus is “rising exponentially” or that “transmission is high”.