The Government have announced some significant changes to the use of face coverings. From 8 August they will now be compulsory in indoor settings where people are likely to come into contact with people they would not usually meet.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
“By wearing a face covering you are protecting those around you and helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We welcome the changes to make it a requirement to wear a face covering in other indoor settings, such as museums, places of worship and hairdressers and barbers.”
“The covering should cover your nose and mouth as these are the main confirmed sources of transmission of the virus, however the face covering does not replace the need to keep to the social distancing guidelines and that you should still wash your hands as often as possible. I ask everyone, unless they have an exemption to follow the guidance to keep ourselves and everyone in our communities safe.”
For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include:
Notes to editors
This page explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Public Health England states that Children under three should not wear face masks as they could cause choking and suffocation.
Some people do not have to wear a face covering. They include:
You can take off your mask if:
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