Across England, the wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.
Those who do not wear one could be fined up to £100, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
However – there are some parts of the guidance that many people seem to be forgetting.
- When applying or removing the covering, it is important that you wash/sanitise your hands first and avoid touching your face.
- After EACH USE, you must wash the face covering at 60 degrees centigrade or dispose of it safely.
Who is exempt from wearing a face covering?
Some people are not required to wear a face covering.
According to the government guidelines, shoppers do not need to wear a face covering for the following legitimate reasons:
- If a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.
- If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
- Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
- To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.
- To avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
- To eat or drink, but only if you need to.
- To take medication.
- Young children under the age of 11.
You can also be permitted to remove a face covering if asked for age identification or if speaking to someone who relies on lip reading for communication.
Where do you need to wear a face mask in England?
People will need to wear a face covering in the following locations when the regulations come into force in England from July 24:
- Shopping centres
- Takeaway outlets
- Sandwich shops
- Railway stations
Where do you NOT need to wear a face mask in England?
The following venues are exempt from the rule: