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‘Covid freedom day is stressful when we are left to make all the decisions’

Shop owners in England are being given the final say on whether staff and customers will wear masks, a responsibility that not all of them relish * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage In the bustling Hertfordshire market town of Bishop’s Stortford, the government decision to drop compulsory mask-wearing, social distancing and venue check-in for English businesses from 19 July was being met with trepidation by business owners this weekend. “It feels very wrong of government to put it in the hands of business to make the decision. It puts us in a very awkward position,” said Jackie Colman, owner of Hair by Elements salon and the Skin Clinic by Urban Spa, over the sound of whirring hairdryers and snipping scissors. Continue reading...

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