New face mask rules – from banks to shopping centres all the places you need to wear a covering from tomorrow


FACE masks will become compulsory in places like cafes, banks and shopping centres from tomorrow – and here’s everywhere you’ll need to wear one.

The new measures come into force this Friday, July 24 – and you could be fined £100 if you break the rules.

The government states that people must wear face masks in shops to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Customers in fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s have to wear a face while ordering at the counter for a takeaway, but not when sitting down to eat in, new rules from the Department for Health confirmed.

The guidance on take aways and sandwich shops says: “It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to takeaway from cafes and shops.

“If you are in a premises where you are able to sit down and consume food or drink that you have bought, then you can remove your face covering in order to eat and drink on site.”

It doesn’t specify that it needs to be a venue with table service to be able to take the mask off.

Venues such as restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will be exempt.

But further guidance has now been issued about the other places where you’ll need to wear them. 

This includes banks, shopping centres, train stations and airports.

And if you’re in a bank, building society or Post Office, you may be asked to remove your mask if they need to check your identity.

For example, you may need to prove your identity if you’re opening a new account.

A shop may also ask you to remove your mask for age-restricted products, such as alcohol and cigarettes.

You can see a full list of places where you’ll need to wear a face covering in the box above.

Shop and supermarket staff don’t have to wear masks – but the government has strongly recommended that employers consider asking them to.

The police have the power to issue a £100 fine if you’re caught not wearing a face mask in places where it’s compulsory.

Shops have been warned not to challenge customers who fail to wear masks, following a 40 per cent spike of violence against retail workers in lockdown.

Instead, shop staff have been urged by The Association of Convenience Stores to put up signs reminding people to wear a face covering.

It’s been mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport – including buses, trains and planes – since June 15.

Face masks are also compulsory on public transport in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but not in Wales.

The public has also been asked to wear face masks in hospitals – this includes when attending appointments and visiting relatives or friends.

Face masks are recommended in crowded spaces but are on the whole not compulsory in outdoor spaces.

This includes when walking down the street and sitting in the park.

You also won’t need to wear face masks when going to the cinema, theatre, hairdressers or opticians.

You can find a full list of places where face coverings aren’t necessary in the box above.

Official government guidance also exempts the following groups: 

The Sun has rounded up the cheapest places to buy face masks ahead of the rule change.

Some experts claims that if all Brits wore faces masks then the UK could “return to normal” because they slash the risk of catching coronavirus.

In England, the rules are to try and stay at least two meters apart, although  one meter is now acceptable if the former isn’t possible.


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