// Fines for repeatedly refusing to wear face coverings in shops could soar to £3200
// Fine is currently £100 but it will double for subsequent offences, up to a maximum of £3200
Fines for repeatedly refusing to wear face coverings in shops could soar to £3200, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced ahead of further easing of England’s lockdown.
At present, people who refuse to wear a face covering where it is required face a £100 fine, which can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.
Under the new measures, that penalty will double for subsequent offences, up to a maximum of £3200.
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In England face coverings are mandatory in shops and indoor shopping centres, as well as public transport, libraries, museums and other public indoor settings, with some exemptions for children or on medical grounds.
The tougher enforcement measures come as the PM confirmed plans to open up more of the economy from Saturday, potentially adding to the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The moves were postponed from August 1 due to concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive but that now appears to have levelled off.
However, the changes will not apply in the specific areas where local restrictions are in place.
with PA Wires