Face masks are now mandatory
Wearing a face covering or face mask is now mandatory in shops, supermarkets, banks and takeaways.
This new law will provide people with additional protection when they are not able to keep 2 metres from others, particularly those they do not normally come into contact with.
People who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, with the exemption of children under 11 and those with certain disabilities.
The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual.
Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, your business can refuse them entry and call the police. If people refuse to comply, the police have the formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.
Where do I have to wear a face covering?
No person may, without reasonable excuse, enter or remain within a shops, supermarkets, banks and takeaways without wearing a face covering.
Definition of a face covering:
A ‘face covering’ means a covering of any type which covers a person’s nose and mouth.
Relevant places where face coverings must be worn include, but are not limited to:
- a shop (exemptions apply)
- enclosed shopping centres, excluding any area in that building which is open to the public and where seating or tables are made available for the consumption of food and drink
- banks and building societies
- post offices
- enclosed transport hubs
Relevant places do not include:
- restaurants with table service, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs
- bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
- public houses
The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to certain people including:
- a child under the age of 11 years
- a person responsible for a relevant place or an employee of that person acting in the course of their employment
- persons providing services in the relevant place
- an emergency responder (other than a constable) acting in their capacity as an emergency responder
- a constable or PCSO acting in the course of their duty
These guidelines are not exhaustive. For full overview of the new law please visit the official government website