Where are you required to wear a face covering?

We all still have a big role to play in protecting our community against COVID-19. As well as getting your COVID-19 vaccination, one of the best ways we can do this is by continuing to wear face coverings.  

Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and other settings. This is part of the temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant in the UK.

Make sure your mask covers both your nose and your mouth to give better protection.

The new requirements include:

  • Shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire, this includes shops in larger premises such as a gift shop within a museum)
  • Shopping centres (mall and indoor markets)
  • Auction houses
  • Post offices, banks, building societies’, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs etc
  • Estate and letting agents
  • Premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (such as hair salons, barbers, nail salons, message centres, tattoo and piercing studios)
  • Premises providing veterinary services
  • Retail galleries
  • Retail travel agents
  • Takeaways (without space for consumption of food or drink on premises as shops), aside from when eating and drinking
  • Pharmacies
  • Public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)