The government of England has released new guidance on face mask and coverings which should be followed by all in England.

The new rule states that it’s not compulsory for children under the age of 11 and those with disabilities to wear the facemask always but people aside from the above could be fined up to £100.

According to the new rule, it is mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centers, transport hubs, banks, post offices and must also be worn when buying takeaway food and drink, although they can be removed in a seating area.

Police will have powers to enforce the rules, although forces have said this will be a last resort and officers will not be patrolling premises.

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Wearing a face covering will not be made mandatory in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from Covid-19 including:

  • Eat-in restaurants and pubs
  • Hairdressers and other treatment salons
  • Gyms and leisure centers
  • Cinemas, concert halls, and theatres


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