Coronavirus rules across England have changed this week as Boris Johnson announced new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The latest restrictions have come into effect following a speech from the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Among the new rules, changes affecting face coverings and face masks have come into force.

It is now a legal obligation to wear face masks and face coverings in certain settings, alongside the likes of pub curfews and table service.

However, as with most of the restrictions, there are are small few who are exempt from the rules.

The government has spelled out examples of people who are not required to wear a face covering as the rate of cases rises, reports Birmingham Live.

As well as the list of reasonable excuses for not wearing a face covering or face mask, there are six other types of people who should be aware.

They include: people who have a health condition ( asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or lung cancer), as well as police officers and other emergency workers.

Children under 11 will not have to wear a face covering, either, and if you are with a person who has impaired hearing , The Government states you are exempt.

If you are at risk of harm or to avoid harming others, The Government states you have a reasonable excuse to not wear a mask.

This includes if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity.

Where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress, you are exempt too.

The government has updated its guidance following Mr Johnson's speech on Tuesday evening.