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Mandatory Use of Face Coverings Comes Into Effect

From today, Mon 10th Aug 2020, it has become mandatory to wear a face covering in a relevant place. A relevant place generally means a shop or shopping centre.

As well as ordinary day-to-day shopping, a face covering is required in any other indoor place where goods or services are available to buy or rent.

This includes (e.g.) a bookmakers, a food takeaway business or a dry cleaner.

You must also wear a face covering on public transport.

The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, the wearing of a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.

It is not mandatory to wear a face covering in a business that is able to maintain social distancing by using a system of ticketing or appointments.

This might include (e.g.) a cinema, a hairdresser or a solicitor.

You don’t have to wear a face covering in a bank/business that operates like a bank.

There are circumstances where it is not possible to wear face coverings, for example, where you are eating or drinking in a pub, restaurant or café.

You don’t have to wear a face covering in a gym or other places where the purpose of your attendance is aerobic exercise.

If you remove your face covering to eat, drink or exercise, you should replace it as soon as practicable afterwards and maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres if you are in an enclosed space.

If you are in any doubt about whether you are required to wear a face covering, you are advised to use one.