A guide to the mandatory use of face coverings across the UK
We know that the constant updates on the use of masks can be confusing so we’ve put together a table showing some of the main places you have to wear a face covering in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
It is mandatory to wear a facemask in these locations in the following countries:
It’s important to remember that not everyone who is not wearing a facemask is breaking the rules. Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for a number of different reasons. These include:
- Children under 11 years old in England and Wales, under 5 years old in Scotland and under 13 years in Northern Ireland.
- People who are unable to put on a mask because of a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability.
- Those who are travelling with or helping someone who is reliant on lip reading to communicate.
- When someone has a necessary need to eat, drink or take medication.
The English Government has some useful information about using exemption cards to indicate that you don’t have to wear a mask.
People who aren’t able to wear a mask can adopt the distance aware symbol to indicate that they would like others to keep their distance.