Coronavirus live updates in Greater Manchester as new rules come into force

Shopkeepers and people traveling by public transport will be asked to cover their faces again from today.

It comes as strict guidance has been introduced following rising coronavirus cases and concerns over the new Omron version.

The tough new rules mean every shopper is now forced to wear a face covering before entering supermarkets, unless there are exemptions.

And the same rules apply to all public transportation as of this morning, Monday, November 30.

Read more:Tough new rules apply to all shoppers at ASDA, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, M&S and Morrisons.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid had earlier said he hoped the strict rules on face coverings in England would be “temporary”.

This comes amid fears that the new strain could escape existing vaccines and become more permeable.

Retailers will now have the power to turn away any customer who refuses to wear the cover starting this morning.

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But some stores are concerned that their employees face aggression if they ask customers to wear masks.

James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said retailers are “extremely concerned about abuse against their employees from customers who do not want to wear a face covering in a store.”

As of yesterday, November 29, there were 11 confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned that cases of the new strain “could increase in the coming days”.

Responding to this news, school children aged 7 years and above have been asked to wear their masks again in communal places.

The booster rollout has also been expanded to those over 18, halving the wait time between the second dose and the booster jab to three weeks.

How are shoppers in Manchester responding to the new mask enforcement?

Are people using bus, train or tram services also following the rules?

Read our live blog below


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