There is no longer any debate about the importance of wearing a face covering or mask. What has emerged is that wearing a face-covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus. If you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.
Currently, anyone going to a corner shop, high street giant or supermarket, will have to cover up – or risk a £100 fine. The rules also apply to public transport and in all healthcare centres/hospitals. This includes wearing a face covering on any: Bus or coach, train or tram, ferry or hovercraft or aircraft. If you go to a restaurant, a pub or a hotel you are not required to wear a mask but you do need to wear one if you are going into a takeaway outlet but can be removed if you sit down and eat there. They are also optional in: Hairdressers and beauty salons, cinemas, concert halls and theatres, Museums, Dentists and opticians.