Lincolnshire Police will follow educational approach on face masks
Lincolnshire Police says it is liaising with shopkeepers and partners over the new face covering requirements.
From tomorrow (Friday, July 24), shoppers must wear a mask or face covering while in a store.
Chief Inspector Andy Morrice, who is Silver Commander for Lincolnshire Police’s response to the pandemic, is asking retailers to do all they can to ensure shoppers follow the rules before calling the police.
He said: “We are still awaiting full details and legislation in relation to mandatory face coverings and what the police role in that will be, but we do know that here in Lincolnshire our approach will remain the same as it has always been. This is to engage, explain, and encourage. If that does not prove effective in convincing people to comply with legislation then, as a last resort, we will enforce and issues fines.
“So far the majority of people in this county have been following government guidance and we have no reason to suggest they will act otherwise now. We’re grateful for that and hope it continues.
“I’d ask people to remember that personal responsibility is key here. Face coverings are mandatory to try and protect against coronavirus and prevent the spread of it. You may feel fine but the person doing their shopping opposite you may not, or may not be showing symptoms at that point in time.
“We have been working with local businesses to ensure they can help people to comply with the legislation.
“We have been very clear that while we have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices we are relying on retailers to do all they can to make sure customers in their stores adhere to legislation before we are asked to step in. If you happen to be out shopping and have any questions or concerns relating to face coverings please raise them with a member of staff in the store before calling police.”