Are there any exceptions to the rule?
Yes there are some exceptions, which the government have outlined as ‘reasonable’ reasons for not wearing a mask. These include if you’re travelling with someone who requires lip reading, if you suffer from severe distress when you put it on, suffer from a disability where you’re unable to put it on, or when you need to eat, drink or take medication.
Those who suffer from autism also don’t have to wear a mask, with the same applying to those who have an impairment which could be affected by putting on a covering.
Do children have to wear face masks at school?
Yes, but only secondary school children. All pupils in Year 7 and above in England will have to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas but not in classrooms.
It will be mandatory in schools that are in local lockdown areas and left to the discretion of head teachers in the rest of the country.
Are masks still required on trains and buses?
Masks have been required on public transport in England since June 15. Travel operators can refuse to let passengers on board if they are not covering their face – and those who refuse to follow the new protocol could face a fine. Exceptions apply for very young children, disabled people, and those who have breathing difficulties.
Uber has had restrictions in place since June 15, with both drivers and passengers required to wear a mask whilst in the vehicle.
A paper published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change on June 12 said that transparent face shields of the sort used by hospital doctors and nurses should be used by transport workers, teachers and retail workers.
It advises that visors, like face masks, be used by the public to mitigate the risk of infection where social distancing is not possible.