Munchetty asked: “So, shall we start with face masks today? How do you see this – as it’s now mandatory in England to wear them – how do you see this being enforced?”
Whately responded: “So as you just said, indeed, as of today, face masks are mandatory to wear in a shop, in a supermarket and in a takeaway, so you should put a face mask on before you go in and keep it on while you’re in the shop.”
She clarified there would be some members of the public who would not have to wear the PPE items, noting: “There are some who have exemptions. For instance, if you have a disability that makes it harder than possible to wear a face mask but we’re expecting the vast majority of people to wear face masks.
“In fact, as we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, the vast majority of the British public have followed the guidance, have taken the steps on lockdown and restricting movement and social distancing.