Face masks will need to be worn in Sheffield petrol stations and takeaways

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Face masks will need to be worn in petrol stations and takeaways as they are classed as shops, says Sheffield's health chief.

Councillors said there had been some confusion from residents about what constituted a "shop" ahead of face masks becoming compulsory on Friday, July 24.

Director of Public Health Greg Fell told a meeting that the guidance covered any "internal premises".

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He also said while there was a current focus on masks, they were only one part in the fight against coronavirus.

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"Staying at home is by far the biggest thing we can do," he said. "You also need to stay at home if you are a contact of someone diagnosed, which is hard if you are feeling well.

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"If you think you have mild symptoms it's important to get a test early. Handwashing and social distancing come next.

"Face coverings is the last on the list. They are not a panacea and only make a bit of difference."

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Councillors were concerned that people who are exempt from wearing masks may face abuse.

Mr Fell added: "There are significant exclusions for people with certain long term conditions, young children and people with certain disabilities.

"It would not be possible to issue people with a badge showing they are excluded because of the administrative details.

"The council can't issue people with proof of exemption as we don't know their conditions. The NHS does, but I'm not sure even they have the ability to do it easily.

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"We are going to have to use our common sense. I fear discmination and we need to watch that carefully."

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