New face covering rules from Friday 24 July 2020
From Friday 24 July 2020, new government rules mean you must wear a face covering, not just when you travel on public transport, but also when you visit shops and supermarkets.
As it will be the law to wear face coverings in these settings, you could face a fine or be refused entry if you don’t comply or qualify for an exemption.
To assist in protecting public health you must also wear a face covering when you visit some council buildings, including the Civic Centre and Gateway, where social distancing may be difficult and where you could encounter people you do not normally meet. You don’t need to wear a face covering when you visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Millbrook. Additionally, the new rules don’t currently apply to libraries and visitor attractions (but this is subject to review).
Scientific evidence suggests that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of COVID-19, helping to protect others.
Some face-covering etiquette to remember:
- You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings
- If you prefer, you may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering
- Any cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably
There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where you won’t be expected to wear face coverings, and it isn’t compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear them.
Read more about face coverings, including how to make your own and details about who is exempt from the new rules, on the UK Government website.