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COVID-19: How are the rules on face masks and COVID passes changing in England? – Sky News

People in England will soon be required to wear face masks and show a COVID pass in more places as part of the government’s Plan B to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Announcing the changes in Downing Street, Boris Johnson said that given the “worrying” evidence on the new variant which was first identified in southern Africa, tightening restrictions is the “proportionate and responsible” thing to do.

The new guidance, some of which takes effect as soon as 10 December, will see more people working from home and face masks and COVID passes required in more parts of society.

What is Plan B and why is it being introduced now?

Here Sky News looks at how the rules on face coverings and COVID passes are changing in England.

Face masks

Wearing a face covering was already a legal requirement in shops, on public transport and in some other settings in England as of 30 November.

The rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are separate as coronavirus restrictions are devolved to their respective governments.

From 10 December, the list of all settings where wearing a face covering in England is a legal requirement includes:

  • shops and supermarkets
  • shopping centres (including indoor markets)
  • community centres (including village halls), youth centres, members clubs and social clubs
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • polling stations and premises used for the counting of votes
  • places of worship
  • crematoria and burial ground chapels
  • visitor attractions and entertainment venues (including museums, galleries, cinemas, indoor theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, indoor areas at aquariums, zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, snooker and pool halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, indoor theme parks, casinos, indoor skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • indoor areas of sports stadiums
  • auction houses
  • post offices, banks, building societies, high street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
  • estate and letting agents
  • premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons and massage centres)
  • pharmacies
  • premises providing veterinary services
  • retail galleries
  • travel agents
  • takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises
  • public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams, buses, coaches and ferries), taxis and private hire vehicles
  • any car or small van during a professionally delivered driving lesson, a practical driving test, or during one of the practical tests for giving driving instruction, and in all HGV lessons and tests
  • transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)

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Hospitality settings such as cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs are exempt from mask rules “because it is not practical to keep removing face coverings to eat or drink”.

Nightclubs and any settings where there is space for dancing are not included in the rules on masks because “it is not recommended that you wear a face covering while exercising or during strenuous activity, including dancing”.

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Source: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-how-are-the-rules-on-face-masks-and-covid-passes-changing-in-england-12490527

People in England will soon be required to wear face masks and show a COVID pass in more places as part of the government’s Plan B to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Announcing the changes in Downing Street, Boris Johnson said that given the “worrying” evidence on the new variant which was first identified in southern Africa, tightening restrictions is the “proportionate and responsible” thing to do.

The new guidance, some of which takes effect as soon as 10 December, will see more people working from home and face masks and COVID passes required in more parts of society.

What is Plan B and why is it being introduced now?

Here Sky News looks …….

People in England will soon be required to wear face masks and show a COVID pass in more places as part of the government’s Plan B to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Announcing the changes in Downing Street, Boris Johnson said that given the “worrying” evidence on the new variant which was first identified in southern Africa, tightening restrictions is the “proportionate and responsible” thing to do.

The new guidance, some of which takes effect as soon as 10 December, will see more people working from home and face masks and COVID passes required in more parts of society.

What is Plan B and why is it being introduced now?

Here Sky News looks …….

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