Matt Hancock insists face masks WON’T be compulsory in offices amid further confusion on Government guidance

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potential second wave of coronavirus infections this winter.’ data-reactid=”28″>Ministers have reportedly entered private talks with major industry groups as fears rise over a potential second wave of coronavirus infections this winter.

masks will be compulsory in shops from July 24, enforced by a £100 fine.’ data-reactid=”30″>On Monday, Mr Johnson announced that masks will be compulsory in shops from July 24, enforced by a £100 fine.

It comes after Blackburn and Darwen borough council became the first to require masks in all offices and enclosed public spaces as it fights to lower its surging infection rates.


Face masks will not be mandatory in offices and workplaces, Matt Hancock said (AFP via Getty Images)

But Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning: “We will not be recommending masks in the office, but I respect what Blackburn have done. In fact, Blackburn has taken action locally because their rates of positive cases are higher than many other places around the country.

“They are not as high as Leicester, but they are higher than the national average and the council in Blackburn are doing a fantastic job at taking local action themselves to try to tackle the problems in Blackburn.”

Asked how long face masks will be mandatory in shops, Mr Hancock said “this is for the foreseeable future”.


Masks will be mandatory in shops from July 24 (PA)

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