Here's Where You Need To Wear A Mask In England As Rules Change

Sarah Turnnidge
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New face mask rules come into force on August 8. 
New face mask rules come into force on August 8.

New rules on face coverings have come into force in England, extending the number of places they need to be worn.

The changes were announced by the prime minister at a press conference on July 31, and came into force on Saturday, August 8.

Masks have been mandatory in shops for several weeks, and on public transport since mid-June – but the list has now been extended to include other venues that have recently reopened as Covid-19 restrictions have lifted.

Face coverings now must be worn in museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship by all members of the public, with the exception of children under 11 and people with illnesses or disabilities that prevent them from comfortable wearing a mask.

Announcing the changes at the end of July, Boris Johnson said: “We will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

“We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from August 8.”

The PM added: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their best to control the virus.

“But we must keep our discipline and our focus and we cannot be complacent.

“I have asked the home secretary to work with the police and others to ensure the rules which are already in place are properly enforced.”

He said this would mean “a greater police presence to ensure face coverings are being worn where this is required”.

Where do I need to wear a mask?

The full list of places you now have to wear a face covering now includes:

  • Public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)

  • Transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)

  • Shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)

  • Shopping centres (malls and indoor...

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