List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

Government is now recommending that face coverings are worn in additional indoor settings – this will be enforceable in law (England).

Currently you are required to wear face coverings in shops and indoor shopping centres, indoor transport hubs and public transport. From 8 August this will be expanded to include:

  • public areas in hotels/hostels and guest accommodation
  • community centres and social clubs
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities, go-karting, escape rooms)
  • storage and distribution facilities.

The recommendation is to wear face coverings in these settings now, and this will be mandatory from 8 August. Note: different regulations apply in different parts of the UK. Read more and follow links for NI, Wales and Scotland’s guidance here.

Face coverings at work

There is no universal face coverings guidance for workplaces because of the variety of work environments in different industries. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided detailed guidance for specific workplace settings. Employers must make sure that the risk assessment for their business addresses the risks of COVID-19 using BEIS guidance to inform decisions and control measures including close proximity working.