The government has passed laws introducing another set of restrictions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
These include stricter rules for face masks and social gatherings, as well as higher fines for those who violate them. reports Bristol Live.
Customers are required to wear face covers in taxis and private rental vehicles when using them as public transport, while in pubs, theaters, restaurants, bars and pubs they must wear face covers unless they need to remove them to eat or drink.
Employees or anyone else providing services in shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs must also wear face-covering in close proximity to the public unless they are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
Those who break the law will be fined £ 200 for the first offense, increasing to a maximum of £ 6,400 for recurring offenses.
But who is exempt and what is considered a reasonable excuse?
- Children under 11 years of age (Public Health England does not recommend face covering for children under 3 years of age for health and safety reasons)
- People who are unable to put on, wear or remove face covering due to a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering is a burden for you
- When you are speaking to or helping someone who relies on lip reading, clear tone, or facial expressions to communicate
- to prevent injury or injury or the risk of injury or injury to yourself or others – even if doing so negatively affects your ability to play sports or participate in a strenuous activity
- Police officers and other rescue workers as this may affect their ability to serve the public
Scenarios in which you can take off your mask
- when asked to do so at a bank, building society or post office for identification
- if the store staff or relevant employees request this for identification, for the evaluation of health recommendations (e.g. by a pharmacist) or for age identification, including when purchasing products with age restrictions such as alcohol
- if necessary to receive treatment or services, for example a facial
- to take medication
- when you give or worship a sermon or prayer in one place
- if you are the person getting married in a relevant place
- if you are between 11 and 18 years old attending a school of faith and having classes in a place of worship as part of your core curriculum
- When you play sports or engage in an activity that adversely affects your ability to perform
- If you are a top athlete, professional dancer or referee acting in the context of your employment
- When you eat or drink in a hotel such as a pub, bar, restaurant or coffee shop. You will need to put face covering back on after you have finished eating or drinking