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COVID-19 Face coverings become compulsory in more places

  • 7 August 2020
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COVID-19 Face coverings become compulsory in more places

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:

  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • places of worship
  • funeral homes
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services.
  • auction houses


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.

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:

  • Children under 11
  • Those unable to put on or wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or disability
  • People for whom wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
  • Anyone assisting someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

You can take off your mask if:

  • You need to eat, drink, or take medication
  • A police officer or other official asks you to or if shop staff need to verify your age
  • You are entering a shop to avoid harm, if you do not have a mask on you




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