Looking to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the U.K. issued a face mask requirement for residents that mandates they be worn in all shops, supermarkets, shopping centers, transportation hubs, and when picking up orders from restaurants.

The order will go into effect Friday, with fines for noncompliance costing up to 100 pounds or $127.

Exemptions to the face mask requirement include children under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or health conditions that are unable to wear a mask. The order also exempts face masks in pubs, cafes, hair salons, gyms, theaters, and cinemas. They are, however, required on all public transportation in addition to banks, building societies, and post offices.

“As we move into the next stage of easing restrictions for the public, it is vital we continue to shop safely so that we can make the most of our fantastic retail industry this summer,” Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement.

“Everyone must play their part in fighting this virus by following this new guidance. I also want to thank the British public for all the sacrifices they are making to help keep this country safe,” he added.

The U.K. joins several other European countries that have already have mandated a face mask requirement, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Spain.

The U.K. has reported 298,700 positive cases of the coronavirus, with over 45,600 deaths as of late morning on Friday, Johns Hopkins University said.

Londoners react after the British government's announcement that facemasks would be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, in a U-turn on previous policy.
Londoners react after the British government's announcement that facemasks would be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, in a U-turn on previous policy. AFPTV / Linda ABI ASSI
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