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Coronavirus – check if you need to wear a mask or face covering

This advice applies to England

You usually have to wear a mask or covering for your mouth and nose in most public indoor places, for example:

  • on public transport
  • in a shop or indoor shopping centre
  • in a bank, building society or post office
  • in a pub or restaurant – except when you sit at a table to eat or drink
  • in a religious building
  • in a court or tribunal

You can check the list of places you have to wear a face covering on GOV.UK.

You might not have to wear a mask or face covering, for example if:

  • you’re under 11 years old
  • wearing one makes you extremely anxious
  • you’ve got an illness or disability which means you can’t wear one

If you’re disabled and can’t wear a mask or face covering in a shop, you should ask them to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for you. You can find out what reasonable adjustments shops should make.

You can check who doesn’t have to wear a face mask on GOV.UK.

If you work in a public indoor place

You usually have to wear a mask or face covering when you’re working with members of the public, for example in:

  • a shop or indoor shopping centre
  • a bank, building society or post office
  • a pub or restaurant
  • a cinema, museum or library
  • the public parts of a hotel or hostel

You might not have to wear a mask or face covering, for example if:

  • wearing one makes you extremely anxious
  • you’ve got an illness or disability which means you can’t wear one

If you’re disabled and can’t wear a mask or face covering in a shop, you should ask your employer to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for you. You can find out what reasonable adjustments employers should make.

You can check who doesn’t have to wear a face mask on GOV.UK.

Check what happens if you break the rules

If you don’t wear a face mask or covering when you have to, the police can fine you £200. They can fine you up to £6,400 if you keep breaking the rules.

You won’t get a fine if you don’t wear one in a court or tribunal, but you won’t be allowed in the building.

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