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Remember to wear your mask – or you could be fined

by Alison Cornmell

Two men have been fined by Knowsley’s local policing team for not wearing face masks while shopping in a local supermarket.

Officers were on patrol in Huyton at 6.30pm on Thursday 14 January, when they entered the Aldi store on Cronton Road and saw the males were not wearing masks or socially distancing.

When they left the store the men, aged 18 and 21, were approached and given fines for non-compliance with Covid regulations – for not wearing a mask or having a reasonable excuse.

Knowsley’s Director of Public Health, Dr Sarah McNulty said:

“Everyone is more than aware of the need, and indeed the importance, of wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets. Sadly though, we do know that some individuals are not wearing masks or are entering stores with masks on and then removing them. Either way, they are putting themselves and others at risk and it is important that action like this is taken.”

Last week it was announced major supermarkets including Aldi would be banning shoppers refusing to wear face coverings unless they have a valid medical reason. Following this incident, the security team at Aldi have been spoken to and further visits from the Council’s Environmental Health Team will be made to ensure the store is exercising its responsibility to ensure compliance.

For further information about face covering exemptions please visit the government website.

Knowsley Community Policing Inspector Peter Rexwinkel said:

“We know that rates of Coronavirus in the Knowsley area are at very high level and it is important that we do all that we can to reduce the numbers and keep people safe.

“We all have a part to play and I would continue to urge people to abide by the lockdown rules – don’t go out unless for essential work, shopping or exercise and when you do go into shops and businesses please wear and mask and abide by social distancing.

“We will continue to work with all our partners to ensure that these messages keep going across and that action is taken against people who chose to flout them. It is really important, particularly at this critical time that we protect ourselves, our loved ones and the NHS.”

Knowsley is currently seeing alarmingly high rates of COVID-19 with the latest figures as of 13 January 2020 standing at 1,228.9 per 100,000 population. All partners are working together to encourage all residents to take the situation more seriously and follow the rules rigidly.