From today (Friday July, 24th), wearing a face mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces in England.
The government’s recent pivot came after they previously just recommended their use. Now, everyone in England must wear a mask in shops, takeaways, indoor shopping centres, banks and transport hubs or risk a fine. In Scotland, face masks have been compulsory in shops since July 10th.
The latest moves follows earlier announcements that masks are compulsory on public transport and for hospital visitors.
For other countries, mask-wearing has been strongly advised since the pandemic began – the CDC recommended Americans wear masks in early April.
And while the peak of the pandemic may have now passed in many countries, fears over a second spike remain – particularly if people begin to take the threat of Covid-19 less seriously. This has led to a social media movement #WearADamnMask, in which Instagram users share a selfie of themselves in a mask and nominate others to do the same. Several celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Kourtney Kardashian and Beanie Feldstein have taken part.