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Police force says it won’t respond to calls about shoppers refusing to wear face masks


A police chief said officers will only attend and enforce the face coverings law if violence or disorder was involved (Picture: EPA)

A police force has said it won’t respond to calls about shoppers who refuse to wear face masks.

Devon and Cornwall’s police chief said officers will only attend and enforce the law if violence or disorder was involved.

It comes as face coverings will be made mandatory in shops in England from Friday – with flouters facing fines of £100.

But it is unclear how shoppers will be made to follow this, with some forces saying they may not be able to tightly enforce the new rules.

Hernandez said: ‘We are moving back into ordinary policing. The expectation is that [police officers] will only come if there is disorder or violence or something associated with it.

Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live ‘They are not going to come to every phone call that someone is not wearing a mask.

‘It will just as we do now with Covid, the police work on the four Es so they engage people, they encourage people, they educate people and they enforce – that may not be the right order – but they will still be doing that.’

A top east London police officer has echoed similar thoughts, saying his force will not be patrolling supermarket aisles to check whether people are wearing face masks.

Read more from metro.co.uk

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