People will have to wear face covers in sandwich shops in England under new regulations that come into effect Friday.
The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that face coverings will be needed in stores like Pret if people plan to bring their food and coffee.
If they sit down to eat or drink, they can remove their facial covering in that area.
Takeaways probably fall under the same criteria.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said: “From Friday 24 July it will be mandatory to wear face cover in shops and supermarkets, as is currently the case with public transport.
“If a store or supermarket has a cafe or seating area for eating and drinking, you can remove your face covering in that area.”
The rules enforceable by the police will be announced on Thursday afternoon.
The same exceptions apply to public transport, where children under 11 and people with respiratory problems do not have to wear a canopy.
Anyone who cannot put on, wear or remove face cover due to a physical or mental illness or disability or disability is also exempt.
The audience is advised to wash their hands before putting on or taking off a cover or mask, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth while wearing one.
Facial coverings should be kept in a plastic bag until they can be washed or removed, the Ministry of Health said.
The government has been accused of creating confusion as to whether facial coverings should be worn in sandwich shops and takeaways.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on July 14 that wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets will be mandatory from Friday, and anyone who fails to comply will be fined up to £ 100.
But the prime minister’s official spokesperson later said that sandwich shops were exempt.
Mr. Hancock said last week, “You must wear a face mask in Pret because Pret is a store. If there is table service, it is not necessary to have a mask. But you do need a mask in every store. So if you go to the counter in Pret to buy takeaway food, that’s a shop. “
But the prime minister’s official spokesperson said later, “We will be publishing the full guidance soon, but I understand it would not be mandatory if you go to a sandwich shop to get a takeaway to get a face cover, for example.
“It is mandatory … we are talking about supermarkets and other shops rather than grocery stores.”
Face shields are already mandatory in shops in Scotland.
The spokesman for liberal democratic health, Munira Wilson, said that with one day to go before the new rules are enforced, the government has caused much confusion.
She told the PA news agency, “People need a government that can provide real reassurance and bring the country to safety.
After all, clear communication is crucial in a public health crisis. Instead, this confusion over guidance shows that ministers simply could not organize a sandwich fight in a bakery.
“All of this stinks of ministers making it up as they go on instead of listening to the experts.
“The government urgently needs to provide the clarity companies need to operate and people need to feel safe.”
Passengers have had to wear face covers on public transport in England since last month.
Former head of government, Lord O’Donnell, told colleagues on Wednesday that the government should improve its communications.
He gave evidence to the Lords Public Services Committee and said, “If anyone knows what the clear message about masks is, tell me.”