WE WILL soon have to cover our faces in shops on the Isle of Wight, in a shift in government policy, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock expected to make an announcement today (Tuesday).

The measures are set to come into force from July 24 and it is understood that fines of £100 will be handed out for those who do not comply.

Read more: Face coverings: What you need to know 

Children aged under 11 and people with certain disabilities and breathing conditions will be exempt.

Face coverings are already required for those attending hospital and GP appointments.

Coronavirus: Masks compulsory for Isle of Wight hospital visits

They have been required in shops in Scotland since July 10.

On Sunday, Michael Gove told the BBC he did not think  a similar measure would be necessary in England.

Face coverings are already compulsory on public transport.

Read more: Face masks required on Isle of Wight public transport

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