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. 

They are: 

  • 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
  • Banks
  • Takeaway outlets
  • Sandwich shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Railway stations
  • Airports

Where do you NOT need to wear a face mask in England?

The following venues are exempt from the rule:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Gyms