Coronavirus Update Police Hour

The shops have been open during the lockdown with social distancing in place so why is now the right time to wear Face Masks and coverings?

It was not until June when people had to wear a mask on public transport and now you’ll soon have to wear one in shops or be fined £100.

So has the science changed? Why was it considered safe during the early days of the lockdown?

The rules and guidance for Coronavirus is constantly changing and it is often hard to try and keep up.

It was not so long ago the rules were simply stay at home but now the government has been more flexible and is starting to ease restrictions.

That easing now means that we should now be wearing a Face mask or face a fine.

Many have already been wearing them for months while others didn’t start until June when they became compulsory on public transport.

But now everyone will have to wear Face Masks or covering in shops and Supermarkets from 24th July 2020. Unless you have a medical reason that would prevent you from wearing one.

Compulsory Face Masks and Covering from June 15th meant that of you are on public transport or attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient you must wear a mask.

The law also now states that these must also be worn when travelling on the following:

  • Bus or coach
  • Train or tram
  • Ferry or hovercraft or other vessel
  • Aircraft
  • Cable car

But from the 24th July 2020 shops and supermarkets have been added to the list.

Those who fail to comply will face a £100 fine. You must cover your mouth and nose.

Do i have to wear a facemask in a restaurant or pub?

People have been wearing face-covering within pubs and restaurants since they reopened on July 4th. The guidance does however not make it compulsory to wear Face Masks and coverings it is currently a personal choice.

Can I stop social distancing because I wear a Face Mask or covering?

No Face Masks and Coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. These must still be followed.

Do children have to wear Face Masks or Coverings?

Those aged under 11 years old are exempt. However, it may be wise to protect your children as there is no evidence to suggest children are not equally impacted by Covid-19