These are the types of shops and venues in Leeds where masks are mandatory - and who is exempt

People will need to wear a face covering in shops under new regulations which will come into force on Friday.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 8:22 pm

The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed it will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops, meaning that people will be required to wear one in the likes of Pret A Manger.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "As we move into the next stage of easing restrictions for the public, it is vital we continue to shop safely so that we can make the most of our fantastic retail industry this summer.

"Everyone must play their part in fighting this virus by following this new guidance.

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Children under 11 and people with breathing problems are among those exempt

"I also want to thank the British public for all the sacrifices they are making to help keep this country safe."

The same exemptions as for public transport will apply, with children under 11 and people with breathing problems not required to wear a covering.

Anyone who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability is also exempt.

The public are advised to wash their hands before putting a covering or mask on or taking it off, and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth while wearing one.

People will need to wear a face covering in shops from Friday

Face coverings should be stored in a plastic bag until they can be washed or disposed of, the Department of Health said.

The Government said the responsibility for wearing a face covering "sits with individuals", adding: "Businesses are encouraged to take reasonable steps to encourage customers to follow the law, including through signs and providing other information in store."

These are the types of venues where face coverings are mandatory:

- Shopping centres

- Banks and building societies

- Post Offices

- Takeaway outlets

- Sandwich shops

- Supermarkets

These are the types of venues which are exempt:

- Restaurants

- Bars and pubs

- Gyms

- Hairdressers and other treatment salons

- Leisure centres

- Cinemas

- Concert halls

- Theatres

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