What are the current rules about face masks?

Face masks are essential in supermarkets and shops, as well as takeaways, building societies, banks and sandwich shops, the Government has announced. From August 8th rules will also apply to places of worship, theatres and museums.

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Going into a post office, retail centre or hub of transport also mandates that people wear a mask, such as airports, train stations and bus depots. Failure to wear a mask, if you are not exempt, will result a £ 100 fine. Find out the benefits of an R Shield at a site like https://www.respitech.co.uk/product/r-shield-snood-scarf-face-covering.

The new requirements are to be enforced by the police as shop workers should not be put in a position to force compliance. Those aged under 11 and those with a disability will not be required to wear a face covering.

Scientific studies have shown that wearing a covering over the mouth and nose can reduce the risk of an infected person transmitting the virus to others considerably.

Staff in these places will not need to wear a mask themselves.

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Will I be fined for not wearing one?

Those who do not abide by the rules face fines of up to £ 100. It will be reduced to £ 50 if paid within 14 days.

Where are masks are required?


Shopping centres

Banks and building societies

Transport hubs

Post Office

Sandwich shop


Beauty salons

Places of worship (of 8 August)

Theatres and cinemas (from August 8)

Museums (from August 8)

Masks are currently not needed in the following:

Restaurants and pubs with table service

Hairdressers and salon treatments unless requested by individual business

Fitness centres

Heritage sites



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