Retailers and police must both play a role in enforcing the use of face coverings by shoppers in England, a cabinet minister has said after officers and businesses expressed concern over how people would be made to comply with the rules.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers in London, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier that the law would be "impossible for enforcement" as he called for shopkeepers to "step up to the plate and take some responsibility".
But JD Sports chief executive Peter Cowgill said that, while his stores would offer face coverings to anyone not wearing them, it would not be for his staff to enforce the law
Eustice said retailers and shoppers had to take responsibility in the first instance, after which the police could be asked to step in.
"Of course retailers have been very responsible in the way they're approaching this challenge, they will have a role to play in making sure there's compliance," he said.
"But when it comes to that final sanction of issuing a penalty, that is something that only the police can do."