Face coverings mandatory in more enclosed spaces to halt spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Face coverings mandatory in more enclosed spaces to halt spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has stated that face coverings will be mandatory in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July 2020 in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The additional enclosed spaces include shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, takeaway cafes and restaurants, and transport hubs. Venues such as eat-in restaurants, pubs, cinemas, hairdressers and gyms will be exempt. The DHSC stated that the latest guidance will be published soon. The regulations have been made under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, and will include powers for the police to enforce the requirement to wear a face covering.

Face coverings will not be mandatory for:

• anyone under the age of 11

• those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering

Perhaps surprisingly, under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/791, regulations 3(2)(b)–(c), ​employees working in a relevant establishment, those responsible for that establishment and persons providing services there are also exempted from any requirement to wear a face covering.

Individuals who do not abide by the regulations (and are not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations) could face a fine of up to £100.

Source: Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday

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