The public are expected to wear face masks in shops and on public transport from Tuesday, 30th November.
The Labour Party has called for face masks be mandatory within all indoor hospitality venues. But the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, defended the Government’s decision, telling Sky’s Trevor Phillips the new rules will “buy us time” in a response to the Omicron variant.
Those who refuse to wear a face mask could face fines of £200, unless exempt. This could rise to £400 for a second offence. Those who continue to refuse could face fines of up to £6400.
Mr Javid insisted the UK s “nowhere near” a full lockdown.
“People should continue with their plans for Christmas, it’s going to be a great Christmas.”
See the attached video for reaction from Bournemouth University students.