Government Message On Face Masks

Today, 24th July, the government introduced compulsory wearing of mask in shops across the UK and we have seen lots of customers today in an array of masks from the plain to the plant patterned – which we love!

The British Retail Consortium has said that together with other social distancing measures, face coverings can make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the high street and we have seen this first-hand today.

We appreciate that people have a mixed reaction to wearing a face mask but we trust it will allow everyone to visit with even more confidence.  You can always be assured of the warmest of welcomes here at Poplar.  If you would like to read more about our Covid-Secure measures please click here

Please read the following government message on the wearing of face masks when visiting us at Poplar Nurseries:

“We [government] have therefore come to the decision that face coverings should be mandatory in shops and supermarkets. 

Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. 

The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual.

Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police if people refuse to comply, the police have the formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.

This is in line with how shops would normally manage their customers and enforcement is of course a last resort, and we fully expect the public to comply with the rules as they have done throughout the pandemic.

I want to give this message to everyone who has been making vital changes to their daily lives, for the greater good.

Wearing a face covering does not mean that we can ignore the other measures that have been so important in slowing the spread of this virus.

Washing your hands. Following the rules on social distancing and just as the British people have acted so selflessly throughout this pandemic, I have no doubt they will rise to this once more”.  – Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.