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Government issues crucial advice on what is a face covering

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Government issues crucial advice on what is a face covering

The government has revealed what can and can’t be classed as a face covering ahead of tighter restrictions across England. 

From August 8, people in England will have to wear masks in more indoor settings or risk a fine of up to £100. 

Anyone going to places such as shopping centres, banks, railways, bus stations, airports, places of worship, cinemas or museums will have to wear a face mask or adequate covering. 

But what classes as an adequate face mask or face covering? 

On August 7, the Department of Health and Social Care tweeted the guide below:

After confusion surrounding what exactly can be used as a face covering, the government confirmed a tightly wrapped scarf, religious covering or hand made cloth mask can be classed as an adequate form of face mask or covering. 

However, they also revealed what the general public should avoid using.

They went on to Tweet the guide below:

The Department of Health and Social Care's guide to what isn't an adequate form of face mask or covering for the general public

The post suggests the public should avoid face shields and PPE equipment, along with masks with small ventilators. 

The post went on to suggest face mask users should look into purchasing reusable masks, washable masks or making their own instead. 

Everywhere you will have to wear a face mask from Saturday, August 8: 

     

  • Places of worship
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  • Cinemas and theatres
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  • Bingo halls
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  • Museums and galleries
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  • Funeral directors
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  • Massage parlours
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  • Concert halls
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  • Libraries and public reading rooms
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  • Community centres
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  • Social clubs
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  • Public areas in hotels and hostels
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  • Aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms
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  • Tattoo and piercing parlours
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  • Indoor entertainment venues
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  • Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers
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  • Auction houses
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  • Veterinary services
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  • Storage and distribution facilities
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  • Premises providing professional, legal or financial services

Masks have been mandatory in shops since July 24

Anyone who fails to wear a face covering will be subject to a penalty, with a fine up to £100, reduce to £50, if paid within 14 days. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a “greater police presence” will be around in England to enforce the rules, stating more officers around the streets would be to ensure the public are adhering to requirements around face coverings.

The Department for Transport said rules will be enforced by police and transport staff with fines of £100. 

Retail staff will not be required to enforce the rules.

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