Face mask rules: New changes for face coverings – where do you have to wear a face mask?July 31, 2020
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Face coverings will be mandatory in even more indoor areas in England from August 8. At this afternoon’s media briefing, the Prime Minister announced that face coverings will need to be worn in indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
Boris Johnson said: “We will also extend the requirement to wear a face-covering to other indoor settings…such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.
“We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from August 8.“
This isn’t just advice, this will become a legal requirement that will be properly inforced, according to Mr Johnson.
Mr Johnson clarified that local authorities will be acting to close down premises and cancel events that are not following the guidelines, as well as ensuring face coverings are being worn in these settings.
He said: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their best to control the virus. But, we must keep our discipline and our focus. We can’t be complacent.
“I’ve asked the Home Secretary to work with the police and others to ensure the rules, which are already in place, are properly enforced.”
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Where do you need to wear face coverings?
Currentl, face masks or face coverings needs to be worn on all public transport, plus in shops.
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)
At midnight last night, local lockdowns were announced in areas in Northern England.
People in these areas are no longer be allowed to meet members of other households in indoor settings.
This new rule affects about four million people and covers the following areas:
- All of Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan
- East Lancashire: Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen
- West Yorkshire: Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees
- The city of Leicester, which saw the UK’s first local lockdown
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Today, Mr Johnson said that the Government will not be changing the rules on social contact nationally just yet.
He stated: “At this stage, we are not changing the rules on social contact nationally.
“I don’t want to tell people to spend less time with their friends. But unless people follow the rules and behave safely, we may need to go further.
“Two weeks ago, I said we would hope for the best but plan for the worst. And of course we continue to hope for the best.
“The way to get there and to achieve that optimum outcome is if we all follow the rules, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance – and get a test if we have symptoms, so that NHS Test and Trace can keep the virus under control.
“This is how we will avoid a return to full national lockdown. We’ve made huge progress together.
“I know we are going to succeed and I know we are going to beat this – if each and every one of us plays our part.”
Professor Chris Whitty said the decision to halt a further easing of lockdown is part of ministers’ plans to open things in a “very staged way”.
The chief medical officer told a Downing Street press conference: “In terms of whether it was too fast, every society is having to test how fast we can open up and there are clearly big disadvantages to opening things up in the winter months where everything is against us, and they benefit the virus and they disadvantage the health service and the NHS specifically.
“I think what has clearly happened is ministers have decided to go in a very staged way and that has allowed stopping things if the system does not allow.
“That is what is happening today, that is what the Prime Minister has just announced is actually by going in stages you can stop at certain points and say ‘actually this is a perfectly sensible thing to think about but looking at the data now this does not look like a sensible step to take at this point in time’.”
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