Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

The government  plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July.

Use of a face covering is not a replacement for social distancing and keeping up regular hand washing.

A face covering is something that covers your mouth and nose. Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Should someone without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. If people refuse to comply, police can issue a fine.

For information on how to use a face covering correctly, watch this video.

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Public Transport

The new Government guidance means more people are likely to be using public transport. However, you are still encouraged to use other means of transport where possible. 

Public transport users must wear a face covering when travelling on buses and trains. In line with government guidelines, visitors to travel centres will need to wear a face covering from 24 July.

The exemptions for wearing a face covering in supermarkets and shops also apply on public transport.

Those exempt from wearing a face covering can download an assistance card to help communicate this to staff on bus and rail services in West Yorkshire. You can print them off or take a picture on your phone to show staff.

You should also continue using contactless payment if you can.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

Full guidance on face coverings including other exemptions, and how to make your own face covering, is available here.