Update on mandatory face coverings from 24 July
It is mandatory to wear a face covering for those planning on visiting a shop or supermarket. A face covering must be worn whilst inside those premises, until leaving. This comes into force from Friday 24th July onwards.
Further to the official guidance, the government have now published updated information, stating that it will also be mandatory to wear a face covering in the following settings:
• shopping centres and indoor transport hubs
• banks, building societies and post offices
• when buying and/or collecting, food and drink to take away from cafes, restaurants and shops
Please note that it will still be mandatory to wear a face covering whilst on all public transport.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes, but is not limited to:
• young children under the age of 11,
• those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering
Note on any premises that are exempt
In settings where it will not be mandatory to wear a face covering, such as some ‘close contact businesses’, opticians or visitor attractions; those businesses may still request their customers to wear a face covering as part of their own measures to stay COVID-secure.
Struggling with or can’t source a mask?
Those struggling to source or preferring not to wear masks, can opt to make their own face covering instead. Click for Guidance on making your own face covering.
To read the full government release on which settings to wear a face covering from 24 July, click ‘New info’ below.