THE government is set to announce that wearing face masks in shops and supermarkets is to become compulsory from July 24. 

The rules will be enforced by the police, with anyone disregarding them at risk of a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days.

Health secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce new guidelines on the use of face coverings on Tuesday.  

More to follow.