Face covers become mandatory in shops

From 10 August the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings, such as shops or shopping centres, will be mandatory. You must also wear a face covering on public transport.

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

You don’t have to wear a face covering:

  • if you are under the age of 13
  • if you are a member of staff or employee of the shop or shopping centre
  • temporarily, if a member of staff or employee or a police officer asks you to remove it to check your identity
  • If you have a reasonable excuse not to

More information available on NI Direct https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings