Latest guidance on mandatory face masks in England


The Government has released further guidance on where face coverings will be mandatory in England from tomorrow (Friday, July 24).

In addition to mandatory face coverings in shops, shopping centres and supermarkets, customers will also be required to wear them in take-away food outlets. Venues such as restaurants, pubs and gyms will be exempt.

Those who don’t comply could face a fine of £100, the Government has said.

The guidance states: “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.

“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.”

Later, it states: “The Government is telling the public to play their part and wear face coverings in order to help fight the spread of the virus, enabling further easing of national restrictions. The responsibility for wearing a face covering sits with individuals. Businesses are encouraged to take reasonable steps to encourage customers to follow the law, including through signs and providing other information in store.”

Download your poster to remind customers to comply, and thank them for doing so here

Read the full government document here

Looking to stock up on PPE? Click here

Top