THE town’s public health leaders are reminding people about the new face covering rules that are in place.

It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets unless individuals qualify as being exempt.

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health, says everyone must play their part to get the town centre back in business as safely as possible, adding by wearing a face covering people will help to protect others.

She said: “Coronavirus can predominantly spread by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. Wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of these droplets, helping to protect others.

“You now need to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.

“There are some exceptions on wearing face coverings for young children under the age of 11, people with breathing difficulties, such as asthma, and people with certain disabilities – so please don’t judge somebody if they aren’t wearing a face covering.

“Wearing a face covering will not necessarily protect you, but it will provide some protection to those around you.

“It’s also important to recognise that wearing a face covering doesn’t replace the need to social distance or maintain excellent hand hygiene – it is another line of defence that will help to stop transmission of the virus.”