Face coverings mandatory in shops and enclosed transport hubs

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England.

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

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs
  • shops and supermarkets
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices.

It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. Face coverings are not required in hospitality settings, including restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. They are also not required in entertainment venues (such as cinemas or casinos), visitor attractions (such as heritage sites or museums), exercise and sports venues (such as gyms).

Face coverings are not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with disabilities or certain health conditions.

Shops, supermarkets and other premises where face coverings are required are encouraged to take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law and could refuse entry to anyone who does not have a valid exemption. Transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service if they are not wearing a face covering

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