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Nantwich Shoppers Wear Mandatory Face Coverings

Customer Mark Ray settles his lunch bill with Steve Lawson in Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Face coverings are now compulsory for customers in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport in England to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

However, customers who sit down to eat or drink will be able to remove their face covering in that area.

The government says face coverings should cover the mouth and nose and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that fits without having to be held in place.

A member of staff at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge prepares a table

Children under 11 are not covered by the rules and do not have to wear face covers and babies and very young children should not wear them.

Masks will not be mandatory in indoor venues that have other safety measures in place, including: eat-in restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and salons, gyms and leisure centres, cinemas, concert halls and theatres, visitor attractions such as museums, libraries.

Coronavirus is believed to be spread when droplets are sprayed into the air when infected people talk, cough or sneeze. Those droplets can then fall on surfaces.

Denise Lawson at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge

Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “In the interests of keeping everyone entering the Bookshop healthy, we ask all our customers coming into the Bookshop to please wear face masks until further notice.

“If you are coming in for food and drink, you can remove your face masks once sitting at your table. We already have very good sanitising and safe distancing procedures in place.

“This additional precaution will enable folk who are a bit more nervous, to come out and enjoy our hospitality at the Bookshop and Coffee Lounge.”