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Coronavirus: Compulsory face masks for shops will scare public away, claims DUP MP Sammy Wilson

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Questioned: Sammy Wilson

Questioned: Sammy Wilson

Questioned: Sammy Wilson

Making face masks compulsory to enter shops here will drive shoppers away from an already struggling high street, a DUP MP has said.

Sammy Wilson questioned the logic of Northern Ireland following Scotland and England now, given that the measure was not introduced at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

His opposition comes as the Executive is facing pressure to make face coverings compulsory to enter stores here later this month. England has introduced fines of up to £100 for anyone who is caught not complying with the rule.