People now need to wear face coverings in bars and restaurants when not seated, in taxis, and most indoor public areas.
The government tightened the coronavirus restrictions, including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants, and table service only, from Thursday, September 24.
Besides those exempt before, people must wear a face covering until leaving the location unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it.
Fines for not wearing a face covering will now double to £200 for a first offence.
Indoor our outdoor gatherings of more than six people are not permitted either.
Where to wear a face mask
- Public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
- Taxis and private hire vehicles
- Airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals
- Shops and supermarkets
- Shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
- Auction houses
- Hospitality such as bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
- Post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
- Hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Premises providing veterinary services
- Visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
- Libraries and public reading rooms
- Places of worship
- Funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels
- Community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- Exhibition halls and conference centres
- Public areas in hotels and hostels
- Storage and distribution facilities
The government has also advised that a face covering should be worn indoors where social distancing may be difficult and when you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Face mask exemptions
The exemptions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Children under the age of 11
- People who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- Where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
- If you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
- To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others – including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity
- Police officers and other emergency workers
In addition to the exemptions, there are also scenarios when people are permitted to remove a face covering.
- If asked to do so in a bank, building society or post office for identification
- If asked to do so by shop staff or relevant employees for identification, for assessing health recommendations or for age identification purposes
- If required in order to receive treatment or services, for example when getting a facial
- To take medication
- Delivering a sermon or prayer in a place of worship
- If you are getting married in a relevant place
- Anyone aged 11 to 18 attending a faith school and having lessons in a place of worship
- If you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact on the ability to do so
- An elite sports person, professional dancer or referee during their work
- When seated to eat or drink in a hospitality premises such as a pub, bar, restaurant or cafe. The face covering must be put back on once you finish eating or drinking