As part of the postponing of lockdown easing in the UK, people will be required to wear face masks in more indoor venues as of this weekend.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the easing of some lockdown measures on Friday, July 31.
This included not allowing venues such as bingo halls, casinos and bowling alleys to open until at least August 15.
Mr Johnson also said that face masks would be “encouraged” at more indoor areas, with guidance taking action as of Saturday, August 8.
As previously, people who refuse to wear masks face fines of up to £100.
For people who aren’t exempt, these are the places you will now have to wear a mask to go to:
- Funeral directors
- Massage parlours
- Cinemas and theatres
- Bingo halls
- Concert halls
- Libraries and public reading rooms
- Community centres
- Social clubs
- Places of worship
- Public areas in hotels and hostels
- Museums and galleries
- Aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms
- Tattoo and piercing parlours
- Indoor entertainment venues
- Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers
- Auction houses
- Veterinary services
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Premises providing professional, legal or financial services
These places add to the list of venues you already need to wear a mask at, which are:
- Shops and supermarkets
- Shopping centres
- Building societies
- Post offices
- Railway and bus stations
There are certain exemptions to the compulsory face mask rule, however. You don’t need to wear face covering if you are:
- Under the age of 11
- Not able to wear one due to a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability, or if wearing one will cause severe distress
- Travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- Avoiding harm or injury to yourself or others
- Avoiding injury and don’t have a face covering with you
- Eating or drinking if reasonably necessary
- Taking medication
- Asked by a police officer or other official to remove your face covering
As reported on Tuesday, studies show that the use of disposable masks could cost the average person £185 more per year than a reusable mask would.