FROM tomorrow people in England will need to wear a face mask or covering while in shops, supermarkets and also sandwhich shops.

The government has today confirmed that face coverings wil be needed in shops such as Pret, Greggs and Costa if people intend to take their food away.

The Department of Health confirmed the additional rules ahead of new regulations due to come into force on July 24.

It is understood that takeaway outlets will fall under the same criteria.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "From Friday July 24, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as is currently the case on public transport.

"If a shop or supermarket has a cafe or a seating area to eat and drink, you can remove your face covering in that area."

The regulations, which are enforceable by the police, are due to be set out on Thursday afternoon.

The same exemptions as for public transport will apply, with children under 11 and people with breathing problems not required to wear a covering.

Anyone who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability is also exempt.

The public are advised to wash their hands before putting a covering or mask on or taking it off, and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth while wearing one.

Face coverings should be stored in a plastic bag until they can be washed or disposed of, the Department of Health said.

The Government has been accused of creating confusion over whether face coverings must 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 compulsory from Friday, with anyone failing to comply facing a fine of up to £100.