The Government axed Plan B rules on January 27, although Transport for London (TfL) is still presenting signs asking customers to wear face masks.
The Government axed Plan B rules on January 27, although Transport for London (TfL) is still presenting signs asking customers to wear face masks. England will now return to Plan A measures which focus on the booster and vaccine rollout as the first line of defence against coronavirus. The Government will now offer face-mask guidance for England rather than mandatory rules.
The Government’s official website states: “In England, face coverings are no longer required by law.
“The Government suggests that you continue to wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
“These changes apply to England only.
“You can find out more about the different rules across the UK on the relevant websites of the relevant nation.”
Speaking about the guidance measures for England Boris Johnson told MPs: “In the country at large we will continue to suggest the use of face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces.
“We will particularly ask that face masks are advised when you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
“But we will now trust the judgment of the British people.
“We will no longer criminalise anyone who chooses not to wear one.”
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“We continue to have a range of safety measures in all of our stores, including screens and sanitising stations.”
The Government’s guidance is that face coverings and face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings.
This is to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care regulations.
This includes the wearing of face masks in hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries.
Face masks must also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes.