Speaking to LBC today, Dame Cressida urged shoppers to take the initiative and wear a mask, but said if shop keepers are concerned and 'have tried everything else', her officers will try to assist.
The head of Britain's biggest police force has today said her officers will not respond to calls about shoppers refusing to wear face coverings unless it is a 'last resort'.
Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick said she hoped shoppers will instead be 'shamed' into wearing face masks in stores.
Her comments come as the government's new rule making the wearing of face masks mandatory in shops comes into play on Friday 24th July,2020. The wearing of face masks on public transport in England is already mandatory.