Face coverings a legal requirement in shops and on public transport

Face coverings a legal requirement in shops and on public transport

From 4am on 30th November 2021, face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. 

Public and staff in public facing areas will be required to wear face coverings in these settings:

• shops and supermarkets (places that offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
• shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
• auction houses
• post offices, banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
• estate and letting agents
• premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons and massage centres)
• pharmacies
• premises providing veterinary services
• retail galleries
• retail travel agents
• takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises
• public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams, buses, coaches and ferries), taxis and private hire vehicles
• transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
• any car or small van during a professionally delivered driving lesson and practical driving test
• during all HGV lessons and tests, during all professional driving lessons and formal driving tests, and during any practical test for giving driving instruction.


Currently face masks are not mandatory in the hospitality sectors.

These temporary measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.

To find out more about the rules around Covid-19, your obligations and more, seethe gov.uk advice here.

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