Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 24 July 2020
HELPERS working with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council were in Hinckley town centre today, where they were supplying shops and businesses with boxes of face coverings, in case residents have forgotten to bring one with them.
The Hinckley helpers were supplying the boxes of face coverings to town centre retailers as wearing face masks in supermarkets and shops has became mandatory in England starting today.
Each business shall receive a box that contains a total of 50 face masks inside, but face visors are available too.
As well as being mandatory in supermarkets and shops, face masks are also required for visiting shopping centres, building societies, post offices, banks and when purchasing a takeaway meal from a café or restaurant.
The helpers were also giving residents face masks free of charge so that they were able to use the shops today.
If shoppers refuse to wear face coverings whilst out and about shopping in supermarkets or shops, they could be slapped with a £100 fine.
Some residents are exempt from wearing face masks though, including those with invisible disabilities, like autism.
Residents with invisible disabilities can order an ‘exemption card’ from the Hidden Disabilities website, which costs 55 pence, with added VAT and delivery charges. The plastic wallet and sunflower lanyard do not come included with this and have to be purchased separately on the website.
Children who are under the ages of 11 do not have to wear face coverings in supermarkets.
On Tuesday 14 July, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed on Twitter that residents who have certain disabilities or breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing face masks.