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Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 90051, tabled on 15 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria the Government will use to decide whether the wearing of face coverings (a) in shops and (b) on public transport will remain compulsory.

Answered on

1 October 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 set out that a review of these requirements must take place within six months to ensure they continue to be necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection in England. These Regulations will expire after 12 months.

United Kingdom advice on face covering follows advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. As always we are committed to following the evidence and will keep reviewing evidence from around the world and update our position as and when we need to.