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Boris Johnson hints at new 'tools of enforcement' to make masks mandatory across England

Boris Johnson insisted "people should be wearing face coverings in shops" after weeks of mixed messages on the issue from the Government. The Prime Minister said the new measures on indoor face covering will be announced in the coming days. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Johnson said: "They have a great deal of value in confined spaces where you're coming into contact with people you don't normally meet.

"The scientific evaluation of face coverings and their importance on stopping aerosol droplets, that's been growing, so I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face-covering if you're going to be in a confined space and you want to protect other people and receive protection in turn.

"Yes, face coverings, I think people should be wearing in shops, and in terms of how we do that - whether we will be making that mandatory or not - we will be looking at the guidance, we will be saying a little bit more in the next few days."

Mr Johnson, who took off his mask for the duration of the interview, added: "We will be looking in the next few days about exactly how, with what tools of enforcement, we think we want to make progress.

“As the virus comes down in incidence and we have more and more success, I think face coverings are a kind of extra insurance we can all use to stop it coming back and stop it getting out of control again.

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Boris Johnson said an announcement on mandatory face masks will come "in a few days" (Image: SKY NEWS)

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Boris Johnson advised Britons to wear face-coverings when indoors (Image: SKY NEWS)

"To be absolutely clear I do think that face coverings do have a real value in confined spaces and I do think the public understand that."

The Prime Minister insisted the virus is now “very much under control” but insisted Britons should not be complacent.

He also unveiled the Government’s plans to double the sentence for people accused of violent behaviour toward first respondents.

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