This Friday, July 24, is a day to remember, an entry for your diaries, as the day that wearing face coverings in shops and supermarkets in England became mandatory.
For those who break the rules and refuse to wear a face covering or mask they could be fined up to £100 and will not be allowed to enter shops or supermarkets or be served.
Face coverings are being made compulsory to help contain the spread of coronavirus, instil confidence in shoppers, and encourage them to go shopping in safety again – and also to protect all those front line workers who come into direct contact with the public.
Masks and face coverings are now flooding onto the market in various colours, designs, shapes and sizes, but the quality is also very varied, particularly with some imported from the Far East.
‘Keep it local‘ is something to think about when looking for a mask, and we can all support RMA (Rye Mutual Aid) and our local economy by buying our masks from them.
So far, the RMA sewing club have produced and distributed over 1,650 masks to our local community, an amazing achievement, but they now need your help. Due to recent demand and the change in legislation RMA desperately need more sewers to keep up with their fantastic work, so if you have a few hours to spare each week and want to do ‘your bit’ , your skills and time will be very welcome.
Contact Jane’s Stitches, 14 Tower Street, Rye on 07779 062430 for further help and information and, on behalf of all local residents, thank you for taking part and a huge thank you to all at RMA for their help and support in making Rye and the local community a safer place to be.
Image Credits: Nick Forman .