All the places you have to wear a covering from Saturday

  • Connexions
  • 2020-08-09
  • 1711

Face coverings will need to be worn in even more locations from Saturday August 8, as the government updates is rules.

The restrictions come as the government attempts to prevent the spread of coronavirus while allowing people to return to work and use public transport.

Wearing a face covering has been required in shops and supermarkets since July 24, while on public transport it became mandatory at the start of June.

That means anyone who refuses to wear one can be denied service or access to transport, and even risk a £100 fine, although there is a limited list of people who are exempt for medical reasons.

The new rules include more indoor spaces where social distancing may prove difficult - including museums, places of worship and cinemas.

The hope is that this will allow people to feel more confident as normal life resumes, but without risking a second wave of infections.

Face coverings will still not be required in restaurants, bars and pubs, and while beauty salons and barbers are included, those receiving a treatment or haircut will be allowed to remove the mask.

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What new locations will I need to wear a face covering from Saturday, August 8?

  • Funeral directors

  • Premises providing professional, legal or financial services

  • Cinemas

  • Theatres

  • Bingo halls

  • Concert halls

  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites

  • Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments

  • Massage parlours.

  • Public areas in hotels and hostels

  • Places of worship

  • Libraries and public reading rooms

  • Community centres

  • Social clubs

  • Tattoo and piercing parlours

  • Indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities such as laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites)

  • Storage and distribution facilities

  • Veterinary services

  • Auction houses

Where were face coverings already mandatory?

  • on public transport

  • indoor transport hubs including airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals

  • shops and supermarkets - places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire

  • indoor shopping centres

  • banks, building societies and post offices including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses

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