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Wear a mask from tomorrow or face a fine of £100 Crawley shoppers warned

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As the new rules come into force tomorrow, residents are being reminded of the need to wear a mask or face the possibility of a fine when they go out and visit shops.

From tomorrow a face mask must be worn in enclosed public spaces which include shopping malls, supermarkets and banks.

Residents are also reminded of the need to wear a mask when entering a takeaway where someone is entering to eat the food within the premises such as a restaurant the mask may be removed.

Anyone found breaking the rules and not wearing a mask where they should be could face a fine of £100.

In a response to whether Sussex Police would attend incidents where someone was reported not to be wearing a mask they said:

“Sussex Police will continue its approach of engaging, encouraging and explaining the current regulations that are in place and how they can comply with them.

Our priorities lie with public safety and ensuring the force can operate effectively to those who need us. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions, in particular during this heath emergency, and this includes adhering to the latest government guidance.

Local policing teams across the force will increase patrols in town centre areas to offer reassurance to retailers and members of the public, however we expect retailers to manage their stores as they have been doing for a number of weeks now.

Where there is anti-social behaviour and disorder, police will assess and attend if required as part of our usual policing response.

All officers and staff will be adhering to national guidance from the NPCC to determine when PPE or face coverings are required to be worn. “

In addition there are also exemptions that apply to children under 11 or those with disabilities or particular health conditions with Public Health also issuing a warning to parents not to cover babies or young childrens faces due to the risk of choking and suffocation.

Shops are not being forced to ensure their customers wear a face mask, placing the responsibility on the individual.

But there are some indoor venues where masks are not compulsory due to additional safety measures already in place. These include hairdressers, gyms and cinemas.

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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