AS the government makes it mandatory for people to wear facemasks in shops and supermarkets across England, our readers have shared their thoughts.

Ahead of the announcement, we asked readers whether wearing a face mask in shops should be compulsory.

A total of 106 people voted with 62 per cent saying ‘yes’ and 38 per cent voting for ‘no’.

Reacting to the question, one reader said: “We should wear face masks when we go out anywhere!”

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Another added: “Anything that can help stop it is worthwhile.”

One said masks should be worn whenever we are outside of our homes whilst one said: “I think it's only fair we wear masks so we can keep Covid 19 under control and stop a second outbreak.”

Others simply commented “most definitely” and “yes absolutely”.

In a statement on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will say anyone failing to comply with the order – which comes into force on July 24 – could face a fine of up to £100.

The move follows a weekend of confusion over whether ministers intended to make face coverings compulsory after Boris Johnson said they were looking at “stricter” rules.

Face masks are already mandatory on public transport in England and in shops in Scotland.

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Whilst some readers seem to agree with the decision, others have opposing views.

One said: “Can’t even get the majority to wear them on the bus, can’t possibly expect people to wear them in shops. Just no point.”

Another added: “NO. Face masks should be a CHOICE.”

Concerns were also raised by a deaf reader who communicates through lip reading.

Ahead of Tuesday’s announcement by Mr Hancock, a No 10 spokesman said: “There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus.

“The Prime Minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24.”