Shopper fined twice in one day for refusing to wear mask in supermarket

A shopper has been fined twice in one day for refusing to wear a face mask in a supermarket.

The woman received two £100 fixed penalty notices for breaching the rules in Rochdale.

Police in the town are operating "dedicated Covid-19 patrols" on a daily basis, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Officers have been handing out face coverings in partnership with the council and offering support and advice.

But if shoppers refuse to wear them and fail to give a reason, they can enforce the breach of the Government’s rules.

They were stationed at an unnamed supermarket at around 1pm on Tuesday when a customer entered without a face covering.

She was given one to use, but refused to put it on and did not offer a valid exemption reason so was handed a £100 fine.

Just "a short time later" the same woman was again seen by officers in the same store without a covering.

She again refused to wear one so was slapped with another £100 fine.

In a Facebook post, Rochdale police said: “Wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the regulations are there to protect everyone.

"Please remember to wear one in line with the legal requirements set out by the Government.

"Our officers are there to offer support and guidance but will enforce the regulations when there is a clear breach."

Each fine can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Ministers made it mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets on July 24 as part of efforts to tackle coronavirus.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities are exempt.

It is compulsory to wear them in all stores and shopping centres, on public transport and at stations, as well as in post offices, banks and inside other premises.

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