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From today, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 comes into force mandating the wearing of face coverings in certain places.

The instrument requires members of the public to wear a face covering when in a “relevant place”. A relevant place means a shop, as defined in regulation 2(2) or a transport hub. 

This includes shops, supermarkets and enclosed shopping centres, but does not include:

  • restaurants with table service, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs,
  • bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs,
  • public houses.

It also requires members of the public to wear a face covering when they are in enclosed parts of a transport hub i.e. any enclosed part of premises used as a station, terminal, port or other similar premises from or to which a public transport service operates. A public transport service has the same meaning as described in the EM to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/592). 

Stephen McCaffrey

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