A cabinet secretary has confirmed that, customers buying food or coffee to go from cafes, restaurants and takeaways in England must wear face coverings by law as of 24 July.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News:
“Obviously if you’re in a food outlet it’s not practical to wear a face mask.
“What changes … is if you’re in a retail environment, if you’re in a shop or a supermarket, you should be wearing a face mask.
“If you’re going into Pret a Manger and you are eating in Pret a Manger, which in some of their stores you can, then obviously you wouldn’t be wearing a face mask because you’re eating.
“But it’s clear, good common sense that if you’re going in to buy a takeaway, and leaving again, you’re treating it like a shop – and you should be wearing a face mask.”
It is also a legal requirement to cover one’s face with a mask or covering in shops and supermarkets. Non-compliance could lead to fines of £100.
Customers dining in at eateries and other establishments are exempt from these requirements.