Yesterday it was announced residents in England would have to wear a mask when entering shops and that the government would be giving shops the power to turn people away if they were not sticking to the rules. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was on BBC Breakfast today talking to Dan Walker about the new ruling, however, when the debate turned to the policing of masks Hancock was forced to shut Walker down telling him to let him finish.
Walker began: “Yesterday you told the commons that shops staff should call the police on people who don’t wear masks.”
The host played a video of the Head of the Metropolitan Police yesterday, saying that it wasn’t possible to police the wearing of masks.
Walker continued: “How practically is this going to work Matt Hancock?
Mr Hancock explained: “Well, it’s going to work in the same way that shopkeepers manage their shops now.
“We have been able to use very light touch enforcement because when something is the law and recommended and based on scientific advice – people do it.”
Hancock went on: “Look, compared to other countries we have had far fewer fines in the intense lockdown period, but we had very, very high degrees of compliance because people want to do the right thing.
“People want to follow the guideline and when we make something mandatory, that’s what people do.
“And, of course, a shopkeeper can refuse entry and can call the police and of course they shouldn’t do that for people who have a reasonable exemption.