The 36 places in Worksop you must now wear a face mask – and why you can remove it
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently set out new measures for wearing face masks in a bid to reduce the transmission rate of Covid-19 – Here are the rules coming into place today (September 24).
From today, people are now required to wear a face covering across numerous different settings including pubs, restaurants and in taxis or private hire vehicles.
Masks will also need to be worn in NHS settings, including hospitals care homes, and GP surgeries.
You are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and are required to keep it on until you leave – unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it.
When do you need to wear a face covering?
In England, from September 24, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings:
public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses) taxis private hire vehicles (PHVs) transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals) shops supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire) shopping centres auction houses bars pubs restaurants cafes post offices banks and building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses hair salons and barbers nail salons massage centres tattoo and piercing parlours Veterinary premises museums galleries cinemas theatres concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos visitor farms bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas) libraries and public reading rooms places of worship funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels) community centres, youth centres and social clubs exhibition halls and conference centres public areas in hotels and hostels storage and distribution facilities
People should wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult.
Tougher penalties for failing to wear masks where required have also been introduced – starting at £200 and will double for each offence after, up to a maximum of £6400.
When are face coverings not required?
Face coverings are not required for people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, impairment, or disability.
Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a covering as recommended by Public Health England.
There are also circumstances where people may be required to remove a face covering, these include (but are not limited to):
if you are undertaking exercise if asked to do so in a bank, building society, or post office for identification if asked to do so by shop staff or relevant employees for identification or for assessing health recommendations (for example by a pharmacist) if you are delivering a sermon or prayer in a place of worship if required in order to receive treatment or services, for example when getting a facial
if you are aged 11 to 18 attending a faith school and having lessons in a place of worship.
You are allowed to remove face masks when eating and drinking in pubs, bars and food establishments, but they should be put back on once you have finished or if you decide to leave.
For information, visit www.gov.uk.