As from today 24/7/2020 the Government have made it mandatory to people to wear face covering in the following places,

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR ANYONE TO BE GIVEN AN EXEMPTION LETTER OR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FROM THE GP FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOT WEARING A FACE COVERING, AS IT IS SUFFICIENT FOR ONE TO SELF-DECLARE THE REASON.

Government guidance on exemptions, as stated on the Gov.uk website confirms that one does not need to wear a face covering if one has a legitimate reason not to. It states the reasons as including:
• young children under the age of 11
• not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or
   impairment, or disability
• if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
• if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
• to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
• to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
• to eat or drink, but only if you need to
• to take medication
• if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

It also confirms that there are also scenarios when one is permitted to remove a face covering when asked:
• If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
• If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.