When you will have to wear a face covering from Monday

When you will have to wear a face covering from Monday

The rules on wearing face coverings when you leave your home will change across England from Monday, June 15.

There are new rules around public transport and hospitals – and at the same time shops will reopen.

The rules don’t apply outside of England.

Everyone will have to wear a face covering on all public transport in England – with some exceptions for children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.

As well as being mandatory on all trains, buses and trams taxi services such as Uber are also making face coverings mandatory for all passengers and drivers.

Face coverings will also be mandatory for all hospital staff, visitors and outpatients in England from Monday.

Some airports have also made face coverings compulsory, as have some air lines.

Currently, it is not compulsory to wear a face mask when out shopping in a supermarket, and when shops such as clothes stores reopen, the same rules will apply.

Likewise, businesses aren’t legally obliged to provide PPE to employees, however some stores, particularly clothing chains, have said they will be available.

However, face coverings are recommended in some enclosed spaces – such as small shops – where social distancing isn’t possible.

If you’re heading out in public, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says you should wear a face covering where social distancing is not possible in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The WHO had previously said there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks.

They’ve now U-turned following new guidance that suggests they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead expert on Covid-19, told Reuters news agency that the recommendation was for people to wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask”.

The WHO explains that fabric masks should consist of “at least three layers of different material” in order to be effective.

This can be anything from a layered up bandana to a scarf or homemade mask – as long as it covers your nose and mouth.

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