Retail NI Urges Executive for Clarification on Face masks

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With the wearing of face masks in England being made mandatory from 24th July, Retail NI has urged the NI Executive to clarify if it plans to do so in Northern Ireland.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“With England and Scotland making it mandatory to wear face masks in shops, we need the Executive to clarify if it plans to do the same”

“Retailers in Northern Ireland have always had the safety of their staff and customers as their top priority and will always follow the science to ensure they play their role in avoiding a second wave”

“Should the Executive introduce the compulsory wearing of face masks, then retailers and their staff should not be enforcing nor policing such rules. We have already had incidents of shop staff trying to police social distancing being abused by a small minority of customers”

“If it is introduced in Northern Ireland, like England, the police should enforce the regulations”

“Retail NI members have spent huge sums of money installing perspex screens and adapting their stores to comply with social distancing regulations. They fully appreciate their role in combating Covid-19 and will continue to do so in the months ahead”

Glyn Roberts 07515710517

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