What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings from 19 July?


What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings from 19 July?



Face coverings will no longer be slotxo legally required in England from 19 July.

But that's not the end of masks. Other parts of the UK have different rules and some shops and transport will still require them.

Why are rules different for some transport and shops?
Businesses and travel operators can set their own rules for customers and passengers.

For example, Transport for London will make wearing a face covering a condition for travel on its services, like the Underground and buses.

In some areas there could be different rules depending on which transport you are using.

For example, in Greater Manchester, mayor Andy Burnham will require face coverings on trams. He also wants them to be worn on other city transport like buses, but these are privately run.

What if I am exempt from wearing a mask?
Most people could be refused service, entry or the right to travel if a firm enforces a requirement to wear a face covering.

Companies decide their own health and safety measures and insisting on masks could be a reasonable rule, says Adam Wagner, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

However, they would not be able to discriminate. So, if you are currently exempt from wearing a mask - for example if you have breathing difficulties - companies would probably have to continue to honour that exemption, says Mr Wagner.