Published On: Fri, Jul 31st, 2020

Face mask rules: New changes for face coverings – where do you have to wear a face mask?


Face coverings will be mandatory in even more indoor areas in England from August 8. At this afternoon’s media briefing, the Prime Minister announced that face coverings will need to be worn in indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. 

Boris Johnson said: “We will also extend the requirement to wear a face-covering to other indoor settings…such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from August 8.

This isn’t just advice, this will become a legal requirement that will be properly inforced, according to Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson clarified that local authorities will be acting to close down premises and cancel events that are not following the guidelines, as well as ensuring face coverings are being worn in these settings.

He said: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their best to control the virus. But, we must keep our discipline and our focus. We can’t be complacent.

“I’ve asked the Home Secretary to work with the police and others to ensure the rules, which are already in place, are properly enforced.”

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Today, Mr Johnson said that the Government will not be changing the rules on social contact nationally just yet.

He stated: “At this stage, we are not changing the rules on social contact nationally.

“I don’t want to tell people to spend less time with their friends. But unless people follow the rules and behave safely, we may need to go further.

“Two weeks ago, I said we would hope for the best but plan for the worst.

“And of course we continue to hope for the best. The way to get there and to achieve that optimum outcome is if we all follow the rules, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance – and get a test if we have symptoms, so that NHS Test and Trace can keep the virus under control.

“This is how we will avoid a return to full national lockdown.

“We’ve made huge progress together.

“I know we are going to succeed and I know we are going to beat this – if each and every one of us plays our part.”

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