The remaining coronavirus restrictions in England will be lifted on Monday as people are no longer required by law to wear masks.
But the government has said people should always wear face masks in certain situations, while some local businesses, tour operators and politicians have said masks will still be required to use the services.
Here, PA is looking at where people will need to wear face coverings once the restrictions are relaxed.
What will be the rules on masks in England?
When the remaining restrictions in England are lifted on Monday (July 19), people will no longer be required by law to wear face coverings in some settings.
But the latest guidelines, released Wednesday, say the government “expects and recommends” masks be worn by workers and customers in overcrowded confined spaces such as public transport.
Does that mean people will no longer need to wear masks with them?
It’s probably best not to throw your mask away too quickly.
Health officials, local politicians, shop owners and transport managers have all said they will continue to require or encourage people to wear face coverings.
This means that face coverings may be required in certain premises, on certain bus and train services, in hospitals and general practitioners’ offices.
Do people need masks to go to stores then?
The Sainsbury’s supermarket chain said on Wednesday it would encourage all customers to continue wearing face coverings from July 19 if they can.
Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons and Waitrose have since said they will also encourage customers and staff to continue to wear masks in their supermarkets once restrictions ease.
Waitrose and John Lewis staff and clients were also recommended to continue wearing masks, but the John Lewis partnership said that would ultimately be up to an individual judgment.
How about going to an appointment at the hospital or with a general practitioner?
Staff, patients and visitors to all NHS facilities must continue to wear face coverings and respect social distancing, Public Health England (PHE) said.
PHE said infection prevention measures and visitation advice should continue in all health services, including hospitals, general practitioners’ offices, dental offices, optometrists and pharmacies, to ensure the protection of patients and staff.
Staff, patients and visitors should continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any healthcare facility, as well as using face covers and other personal protective equipment.
What about public transport?
Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in some locally operated public transport spaces.
Residents of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire will continue to wear face masks at bus stations operated by the combined authorities, while passengers using the underground in the North East will also need to wear face coverings.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also said face coverings would be required on Transport for London (TfL) services as a “condition of carriage”.
This means that enforcement officers could deny access or eject passengers found to be non-compliant while using the TfL network.
Face coverings will also remain mandatory on the Greater Manchester Metrolink tram services and the Heathrow Express.
What about other transport providers?
Cross-Channel rail company Eurostar and airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair will continue to require passengers to wear face covers from July 19, while Heathrow Airport has said it covers them. – faces would continue to be mandatory.
But the rail industry body, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), has announced that all national rail operators, such as Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express and Southeastern, will not require passengers to wear coveralls. faces.
He said rail companies will ask people to follow government guidelines and, out of respect for others, wear face coverings if an indoor environment is busy.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents major bus and coach operators such as National Express and Megabus, also said its members would not mandate the wearing of face coverings from Monday.
Does this mean that different parts of the country will have different rules on public transport?
Regional mayors elected across England have warned that without an ongoing national mandate, there would be a “ridiculous gap” in rules across the country that would be “confusing” for passengers.
Labor subway mayors in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City area, North Tyne, West England and South Yorkshire urged the government to continue to make face covering mandatory in all public transport beyond the lifting of restrictions.
What are the rules in Scotland and Wales?
In Wales, face coverings will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport when coronavirus restrictions are lifted next month, while in Scotland the Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said face covering measures are expected to stay “some time to come”.
Wales plans to ease some restrictions on July 17, with nearly all coronavirus measures lifted as of August 7, but the law will remain to wear a face mask on public transport and in most indoor environments .
The Welsh government will lift the requirement for people to wear masks as soon as the public health situation permits, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said.
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