THE mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets has received mixed reaction from residents.

Government officials are set to announce today those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100.

Wearing face coverings is set to become mandatory from July 24.

The Government made it compulsory to wear them on public transport in England since June 15.

It will be up to police to hand out penalties and not business owners or shop workers.

The fine will be reduced to £50 if it is paid within two weeks.

The Government has said coverings can be made from scarves, bandanas or other fabric items, as long as they cover the mouth and nose.

Residents from Harwich and Manningtree have reacted differently to the announcement.

Carol Clarke, from Dovercourt, said: "It's all about trying to stop it from spreading.

"If that need's to be done, then so be it.

"If there were masks at the beginning of this pandemic then maybe lives could have been saved."

But, Philip Pearson, from Harwich, said: "It seems a bit late and I would prefer not to wear a mask.

"I guess I won't be visiting many shops."

Trisha Attridge, also from Harwich, added: "Personally I would say no as I for one have tried to wear one and I can't, I panic.

"I am also asthmatic, people should have the choice, you just need to use common sense for your own safety."

Glynis Zimmermann, from Dovercourt, said she has found that people do not social distance.

"Yes the rate has gone down, but Covid-19 is still out there killing people," she added.

"If we all had to wear masks in shops we would know where we stand.

"There’s still too much confusion."

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