Boris Johnson has said the Government is looking at introducing stricter rules on wearing face coverings in shops and other confined spaces.
Fresh data from the Office for National Statistics indicated that 52 per cent of adults in Britain had worn a face covering when leaving their home in the final week of June, up from 43 per cent on the week before.
Regardless of whether they had worn a face covering previously, 58 per cent of the 1,788 adults quizzed between July 2-5 said they were very or fairly likely to wear one in the next seven days.
“As we get the numbers down in the way that we have and we really stamp out outbreaks in the way that we are, I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people they don’t normally meet,” he said in an online question and answer session with the public.
“We are looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings in shops, for instance, where there is a risk of transmission.”