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Shopper given ticket for not wearing face mask

Police have given a ticket to a shopper who they said repeatedly refused to wear a face mask in a shop. Officers said the person who was fined had been told they needed to have a face covering. Stroud Police tweeted: "Dursley Neighbourhood Team would like to thank our community for abiding by the Covid Regulations...sadly today a ticket has been issued to one individual who repeatedly ignored warnings for not wearing a mask inside a shop."

The government urges all to wear a face mask to protect others as well as yourself, with a few exceptions. Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to GBP100. The government currently says you don't have to wear a covering if you have "any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability", and would experience "severe distress" from doing so.

This includes:

  • if you're travelling with someone who requires lip-reading
  • if you suffer from severe distress when you put it on
  • suffer from a disability where you're unable to put it on
  • or you need to eat, drink or take medication

The government website states: "Premises where face coverings are required should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law. "The police can take measures if members of the public do not comply with this law without a valid exemption and transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service.

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Our teams are committed to bringing you the latest news, guiding you through this global pandemic and writing the stories that matter. See our Bristol newsletters here, sign up for bulletins from Somerset here and pick your Gloucestershire emails here. "If necessary, the police and Transport for London (TfL) officers have enforcement powers including issuing fines of GBP200 (reduced to GBP100 if paid within 14 days) for the first offence.

"Repeat offenders receiving fines on public transport or in an indoor setting will have their fines doubled at each offence.

"After the first offence, there will be no discount.

For example, receiving a second fine will amount to GBP400 and a third fine will be GBP800, up to a maximum value of GBP6,400."

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