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Rules For Wearing Face Masks In England: Where You Have To And Where You Don’t

England is set to remove most Covid restrictions on 24 February, meaning face coverings will no longer be mandatory in any public setting.

Previously, Plan A directed wearing face coverings on public transportation and in some indoor venues such as stores. Plan B, which ended on 27 January, required face coverings in most indoor settings, including supermarkets, pharmacies, shopping centers, places of worship, and public transportation. By law, everyone had to wear a face-covering unless they were exempt from wearing one. At present, there is no need to wear a mask in Northern Ireland or England.

Likewise, in Scotland, masks will no longer be required as of 21 March. As of 28 February, face-covering rules will be relaxed in places such as museums, cinemas, and schools but will remain in effect in shops, salons, hairdressers, public transport, and health and social care settings.

On Monday, 21 February, the government announced new restrictions, including its plan for living with Covid. It includes the scrapping of self-isolation rules and the end to free universal testing for most British citizens.

The following information provides everything you need to know about where you must cover your face.

Where You Are Not Required To Wear A Face Covering?

Since Thursday, 27 January, face coverings are no longer required in indoor venues. In general, that includes shops, supermarkets, post offices, pharmacies, places of worship, museums, and shopping centers. However, certain companies or venues may impose their own rules regarding face coverings.

In What Places Are You Required To Wear A Face-Covering?

The government has stated that local public health directors still permit temporary face coverings in communal areas. However, only in educational settings and when the department and public health experts deem the measures proportionate. Moreover, infection prevention and control guidelines recommend face coverings in health and care settings, including primary care and pharmacies.

Even if there are no rules regarding it, the government suggests people still cover their faces in crowded and closed spaces, particularly when encountering unfamiliar people. The public, however, will be able to decide whether to wear a mask and anyone not wearing one will not be punished.

Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, has confirmed that face coverings will no longer be required when traveling on the Transport for London network. But he reminded passengers to be considerate of their fellow Londoners. He also added that we know face coverings remain a simple, effective measure that gives people the confidence to travel. Following sound advice from public health advisers, Transport for London (TfL) will likely continue to encourage their use on the network.

Even though the law no longer requires people to wear face coverings indoors, several companies have announced they will still enforce this requirement. Even after the Government has lifted Plan B restrictions about wearing face masks, customers were asked to continue wearing face coverings in Sainsbury’s stores if they could.

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