BORIS Johnson has told Brits they will have to wear face masks in museums and cinemas in an extension of rules on face coverings.
The move comes as the PM announced a growing rate of coronavirus infections will see the Government hit the brakes on the easing of lockdown measures.
New figures show 35,700 Brits are currently infected with coronavirus following a rise in cases in recent weeks.
The PM had earlier warned of a second wave of Covid-19 spreading across Europe as holidaymakers were told to self-isolate for 10 days after returning from Spain.
Currently, face masks are compulsory in shops, banks and post offices and on public transport.
Police can issue £100 fines for those caught breaking the rules.
The compulsory wearing of face masks in shops was only introduced last week to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
McDonald’s turned away customers for not wearing face masks after employing staff to enforce the guidelines.
But supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Asda said they would not be enforcing the rules as they did not want to ‘police customers’.
Certain groups are exempt from wearing face masks including children under 11, people not able to wear them because of disabilities if you are taking it off to eat or drink outside.
From August 1, staff were set to be told to return to workplaces unless they couldn’t work from home.
Casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks were also to be allowed to reopen and indoor gigs were also set to resume.
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Certain beauty treatments involving close contact such as make-up application and eyebrow threading were also set to return.
Chair of the British Medical Association’s Medical Academic Staff Committee and Exeter University lecturer Dr David Strain said: “We need masks to slow the spread and make life safer for the most vulnerable to go about essential activities.
“The mandatory use of face coverings will reduce the risk to the population at large from these individuals.”