Brits back face masks – and say they should be worn in all indoor spaces

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Two-thirds of Brits believe face masks should be worn in all indoor public places, according to a poll.

One in eight oppose the idea of them being compulsory inside.

The public will have to wear face coverings from Friday in all shops and supermarkets in England.

Ministers announced that the rules also apply to post offices, banks, railway stations and airports.

But other venues such as restaurants and pubs will be exempt as long as it is not for takeaways.

Hairdressers, dentists, cinemas and the vets are among the other places where the regulations will not apply.

The OnePoll study of 1,001 people for the Daily Mirror has found that roughly two-thirds support the new laws – while just one in seven is against.

While most people think wearing face coverings in shops should be mandatory, one in four says it should be voluntary.

The new law is prompting a change in people’s behaviour with half saying they will now wear a face mask in shops when they would previously not have done so.

Over a third say they would have worn a mask when shopping anyway, while one in 25 say they would stop shopping to avoid wearing one. And a rebellious one in 50 claim they will try to shop without one.

The public is fairly evenly split on whether they think enforcing the wearing of face coverings is a good use of police time.

Ministers have been accused of causing confusion with a series of top Tories giving mixed messages on masks in recent days. The poll found that half of respondents think the guidance has been clearly explained while four in 10 think it has been poorly set out.

One in 25 believes the rules have not been explained to them at all. The vast majority of people – nine in 10 – say they are still sticking to the current lockdown rules.

Of these, almost six in 10 claim they are following the guidance in full, while the rest admit to a couple of lapses.

Only one in 14 say they are now following lockdown rules loosely or not at all.

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