Cllr Collis said: “I do fully accept and apologise to residents for falling short of the new requirements to wear a face mask in shops.
“Whilst in the shop I realised my error and put my mask on, and in fact I saw a fellow county councillor near the checkout who would confirm that I was indeed wearing a mask.
“It was a momentary lapse and for most of the time that I was in the shop I wore a mask.
“As councillors we do have to set an example, but I would like to say this is a genuine error on my part. I once again apologise and will ensure I adhere to the requirements in the future.”
The leader of Caerphilly’s Plaid Cymru group, Cllr Colin Mann said: “Unless Councillor Collis has an exemption certificate, it is really disappointing to see elected representatives flouting the lockdown rules to wear face coverings in a supermarket.
“All councillors in Caerphilly county should be setting a good example if we want to ensure members of the public also comply with the rules.”
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