Here’s the latest guidance:

😷 Face coverings should be worn by everyone using a shop when it is open

❌ You don’t need to wear a face covering in hospitality premises, or when you visit the bank

😷 Staff are strongly recommended to wear face coverings even if 2m distancing is in place. However, there is an exemption for staff where 2m physical distancing or Perspex screens are in place.


👧🏼 children under 5 years of age

👮🏻‍♀️ police officers or workers such as paramedics acting in the course of their duty

👱🏼‍♂️ staff such as drivers or checkout assistants who are physically separated from customers by screens

🛍 shop workers if they maintain a 2 metre distance from customers or members of the public

You may also have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example:

❗️you have a health condition or you are disabled and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently.

🧒🏻 Personal discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering

🧃you need to eat or drink

💊 you are taking medication

🦻🏼 you are communicating with someone else who relies on lip reading

✋🏻 a relevant person, such as a police officer, asks you to remove your face covering

🙏🏼 Please remember, wearing a face covering is about protecting other people you’ll come into contact with, as well as protecting yourself.

🙏🏼 Please follow the guidance and remember to be kind to others – these are difficult times for staff in shops and those working in on public transport.

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