THE LEADER of Solihull Council, Coun Ian Courts, has spoken to support increased fines for people who refuse to wear masks.
The government has said enforcement will be carried out by police.
Fines of £100 could double each time someone does not wear a mask in places where it is mandatory.
Coun Courts said: “In the coming weeks, the government will bring forward changes to significantly increase fines for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where instructed. The fines will double at each offence, up to a maximum value of £3,200.”
He also said advice on coronavirus prevention stays constant: “Social distancing, wash hands frequently, wear face coverings in enclosed spaces and at the first sign of Covid-19 get a test – this is doing the right thing!
He added: “As a response to the rising infections, the government announced last week new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.
“As more people return to their usual workplaces, schools start their autumn term, and attractions and destinations reopen, families and households will inevitably use cars to make these journeys.
“The government advice is that you should not share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. If that’s really not possible then share with the same people each time, keep the windows open for ventilation and wear a face covering for the duration of the journey.”