Further lockdown restrictions came into force earlier this week as coronavirus cases across the UK continue to rise sharply.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new rules when he addressed the nation on Tuesday night, confirming that office workers should work from home once again and that businesses would be fined if found breaching Covid restrictions.

Among the new measures are several new rules for restaurants and bars, though many of them were already in place across Merseyside due to the new local lockdown.

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Bars and restaurants must now close their doors at 10pm and must offer table service only.

Face masks are now also mandatory for hospitality venues, so visitors must wear a face covering when entering and at any time when you’re not at your table, when it can be taken off to eat and drink.

However, similarly to when visiting stores where face masks are also compulsory, there are a few exceptions to the rule.

Here are all the times you may not need to wear a face covering in a bar or restaurant:

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According to the Government website, those who have “an age, health or disability reason” for not wearing a face covering “should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this”.

It also states that “no person needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering.”

For those who would feel more comfortable showing proof that they do not have to wear a face covering can apply for an exemption card - you can find out more about these here.