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Face masks become mandatory in more settings

By August 8, 2020August 19th, 2020No Comments

Face coverings have become mandatory in more indoor settings in England and Scotland following a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Places where coverings must now be worn in both countries include museums, places of worship and aquariums.

Other new settings in England include cinemas and funeral homes, and in Scotland, banks and beauty salons.

Coverings will also become compulsory in all public enclosed spaces in Northern Ireland from Monday.

It comes as new quarantine rules for travellers to the UK took effect at 04:00 BST.

Anyone now arriving in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will have to quarantine for two weeks. The same rules have already been put in place in Wales.

  • public transport
  • transport hubs, like airports
  • shops and supermarkets
  • shopping centres
  • auction houses
  • premises providing legal or financial services, like banks or post offices
  • personal care and beauty premises, like hair salons and tattoo parlours
  • attractions, like museums and theatres
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • places of worship
  • funeral service providers
  • community centres and social clubs
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • NHS settings such as hospitals

People should also wear face coverings at any indoor places not listed but where social distancing may be difficult or you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Where do I have to wear a face covering in Scotland?

  • shops and supermarkets
  • public transport
  • takeaway restaurants
  • estate agents
  • beauty salons
  • libraries
  • museums
  • aquariums
  • indoor zoos
  • visitor farms
  • any other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural site
  • banks, building societies, credit unions
  • cinemas
  • community centres
  • post offices


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