Owner in the bookstore during covid

The Government has issued its guidance on the wearing of face coverings less than twelve hours before the rules come into force.

Under the new regulations laid today, members of the public will need to wear face coverings – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandana – that covers the nose and mouth in additional enclosed public spaces, as well as frequent hand washing and careful social distancing.

Premises covered include shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs as well as banks, building societies and the Post Office.

It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away 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.

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

Masks will also not be mandatory in indoor venues which have other safety measures in place, including:
■ Eat-in restaurants
■ Pubs
■ Hairdressers and salons
■ Gyms and leisure centres
■ Cinemas, concert halls and theatres
■ Visitor attractions like museums


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