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Face coverings to be worn in more locations from tomorrow

Published Friday, 7 August 2020

The council is once again thanking residents, businesses and visitors for their efforts in tackling Coronavirus.

We are also reminding people that wearing face coverings in more locations will be compulsory from tomorrow.

From this Saturday, 8 August, it will become mandatory for people to wear a face-covering at more indoor locations where they are likely to mix with others such as libraries, museums, galleries, places of worship and cinemas.

This will be in addition to the existing requirement to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, indoor bus and railway stations, airports and on public transport.

Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr Carol Runciman, said:

“The response to the city wide ‘Let’s Be York’ campaign has been inspiring with residents and visitors being considerate to one another and businesses welcoming people warmly whilst ensuring vital measures to keep us all safe are in place.

It is important that we all follow this updated guidance for wearing face coverings, where possible.  These measures along with social distancing and hand washing will help to keep us all safe and keep the city open for business.”

The council is also encouraging residents to be mindful that not everyone will be able to wear one, especially as some medical conditions will not be visible.

Exemptions include:

  • young children under the age of 11
  • Those unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

Tips for wearing a face covering:

  • A face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
  • A cloth face covering is preferable as these are more environmentally friendly as they can be washed between uses.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
  • Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

The latest government advice on where, when and how you should wear a face covering, along with an exemption card template is available at