It has been announced by the Prime Minister that the wearing of face masks outdoors will be mandatory from 24 December.
Where Must Masks Be Worn?
Masks must be worn in all outdoor spaces where a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
This applies also to children aged 6 and over.
What are the exceptions?
They do not need to be worn in “natural spaces” such as the countryside, beaches, and public parks as long as safe interpersonal distances can be maintained.
Masks don’t need to be worn outdoors with family members, providing the safe distance from others can be maintained. Masks do not have to be worn by people exercising or taking part in sport.
People with respiratory illness, and those with behavioural issues are also not required to wear a mask if exempted by a doctor.
At present, no end date has been set for this measure.
Important to keep a mask with you whenever you go out.