It is now compulsory for people to wear masks while in shops or on public transport.

The new rules came into force today (November 30).

The move, brought in by the Government, is an attempt to curb the rise of the new Omicron coronavirus variant with cases confirmed in the UK.

Six countries have also been added to the UK's travel 'red list' in a bid to stop the variant spreading.

The Prime Minister has continued to sat that Covid-19 vaccines and boosters remain the best line of defence.

However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he hopes the new measures will be "temporary".

Face coverings are again compulsory in England in shops and settings such as banks, post offices, hairdressers, and public transport, while all travellers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: People wear face masks at the train station on July 14, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The UK government has announced that people entering shops will be required to wear a face mask by law from July 24. Scientists have also predicted a 'worse case scenario' of a second wave of Covid-19 related deaths between 24,500 and 251,000 in hospitals alone in a report requested by the UK's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People wear face masks at a train station
Where must you wear a mask?

People must wear shops on public transport or in shops unless they are medically exempt from doing so, but more places have also been announced by Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Children under 11 do not have to wear a mask.

A full list of the indoor places you have to wear a face mask was released on Monday and includes:

  • Shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire) (this includes shops in larger premises such as a gift shop within a museum)
  • Shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
  • Takeaways (without space for consumption of food or drink on premises)
  • Auction houses and retail galleries
  • Post offices, banks, building societies, high street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
  • Estate and letting agents and retail travel agents
  • Premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (such as hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing studios,
  • Pharmacies
  • Vets
  • Public transport services (aeroplanes, trains, trams, buses, coaches and ferries)
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • Face coverings must also be worn in any car or small van during a professionally delivered driving lesson, a practical driving test or during one of the practical tests for giving driving instruction.
How much could you be fined?

Those who do not cover their faces with a mask could end up with a £200 fine.

This is doubled for each offence and could land people with an eventual fine of £6,400, which is the maximum.

Where do you not need to wear a face mask?

While there have been several additions to places where it is now legally mandatory to wear a face mask, including in enclosed shopping centres and inside banks, hospitality venues do no require face coverings.

Below is the full list of places where you do not need to wear a face mask:

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