Face masks will need to be worn in more indoor places as of tomorrow, August 8, under government measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, face masks are required on all public transport, in supermarkets, NHS buildings, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and indoor transport hubs in England.

Members of the public will need to wear face masks in the following places under government guidelines from Saturday, August 8:

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, other indoor tourist sites, heritage or cultural sites
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage centres
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • places of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • auction houses

However, face coverings are still not required in restaurants with tables service, pubs and bars.

Some people are also still exempt from wearing face coverings. Children under 11 years old, people with disabilities and those who require assistance with lip-reading are all exempt.

More information on face masks, where to wear them and government advice is available here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own