Following a previous decision by the Scottish government which ruled that face masks must be worn within stores, independent retailers are reminded that from tomorrow (Friday July 24th) customers in England will also be required to wear face coverings when inside retail premises.

It is paramount that all English and Scottish retailers follow the new laws; however, store owners must remain mindful that some people – such as those with certain health conditions, like asthma – are exempt from the rules.

The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) represents 15,000 stores in the UK and Ireland. It is urging all members within Scotland and England to follow its guidance, which gives examples of best practice, exemptions and requirements.

As some rules vary across England and Scotland, such as who is exempt from wearing face coverings within stores, it is vital that retailers follow the advice and information that corresponds to their country.

Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to make face masks compulsory within stores.

A new poster, for English and Scottish members to display within their stores, has been created by the NFRN to remind customers about the new legislations.

This poster should be clearly displayed within stores.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “Members are reminded that face masks are to become mandatory within stores in England from tomorrow ( July 24th).

“I urge all retailers to ensure that they have read  our guidance.

“This  clearly states all of the key information regarding the new legislations – for both Scotland and England – and the Federation’s current advice.

“We also urge all store owners to download the NFRN’s poster, which reminds customers about the new laws, to display within their shops.”

The guidance and poster can be accessed at

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