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Where do you have to wear a face mask in England now?

Shoppers, some wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The laws are set to change (Picture: AFP)

Boris Johnson announced that the laws on wearing face masks will soon be extended to more settings in England.

Currently, the only places in England where masks are mandatory are on public transport and in shops and supermarkets.

Now the PM has said that face coverings will have to be worn in other places in a week’s time…

Where do you have to wear a face mask?

Wearing face masks will be mandatory in ‘indoor public settings’, with the PM saying on Friday: ‘We will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

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‘We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from August 8.’

He added: ‘I have asked the Home Secretary to work with the police and others to ensure the rules which are already in place are properly enforced.’

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Mr Johnson made this announcement when he told the nation that plans to ease lockdown measures from 1 August were being postponed, with casinos, skating rinks and bowling alleys to remain shut at least until 15 August.

On top of that, indoor performances will not start up as planned and wedding receptions with up to 30 people have not been permitted.

These last-minute changes of plans came as fears of a second wave persist and as cases of coronavirus climb, with one in 1,500 people having the disease compared to one in 1,800 on July 15 and one in 2,000 on July 2.

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