Face Coverings (Masks) in Community Settings

The Government has made a further announcement on where face coverings needs to be worn.

Face coverings already need to be worn on:

  • public transport (and in airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • in shops and supermarkets
  • in indoor shopping centres
  • in banks, building societies and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

In addition, from 8 August 2020, face coverings will also be mandatory if you visit:

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • place of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • auction houses

The measure is to help reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

You could face a fine of up to £100 if you do not comply with the new ruling, which will be enforced by the police. Children under 11 are exempt from the new ruling. Older children and adults may also be exempt, further information is available here:  Persons exempt from face covering rule

Disposable or washable face coverings are now widely available to buy or you can cover your nose and mouth with a scarf. You can find more information here: On face coverings

This decision will impact on the Town Council’s two main facilities, The Arncliffe Centre and Hollies Hall. We would ask visitors to our centres to please abide by the government’s new guidelines for the safety of everyone.