Face Masks when and where to wear in England

This information is according to the government advice update from the 31 July 2020.

In England, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport,
  • indoor transport hubs (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).

You should wear your face covering before entering any of these and must keep it on until you leave.

For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include:

  • 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 e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Veterinary services.
  • Auction houses

The government recommends face coverings are worn in these settings now but this will be voluntary until 8 August, then it becomes mandatory.

The public is also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult.

Where this law does not apply

Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs.

Face masks should be worn in indoor places not listed above where possible, especially if it is a place where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet and close contact can’t be avoided.

When can I remove my face mask?

Remove your face covering in order to eat and drink if reasonably necessary. This should be in an area that is specifically for the purposes of eating and drinking and where social distancing and infection control measures are in place.

Put the face masks on again when you leave this area.

Home Shield Products Ltd. face masks are manufactured and certified to EN14683:2019 in the UK.

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