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Do I need to wear a mask at hair salons, pubs and restaurants?

Do you need a mask at the hair salon? (Image: Getty)

Mask is making a comeback – as the UK tries to control the new Omicron variant of Covid.

Even though we all know by now that the masks for ‘stores and public transport’ are legally required by the UK government, it’s useful to know the taxonomy rules are ‘stores’.

For example, is a visit to your hair salon or barbershop considered a ‘shop’? Can you do your hair, or maybe eat a bite somewhere without covering your face?

Here are the new masking rules for England – plus existing rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Of course, they apply to people who are not medically (or otherwise) exempt even though…

Do I need to wear a mask when I go to the hairdresser?

Barber shops are shops – so you need to wear a face covering (Image: Getty)

In the UK, you need to wear a mask or wear a mask at hair salons.

Since the rules changed on 30 November, everyone in the UK must now wear a mask in shops.

Shops include ‘personal care facilities’, such as:

  • Hair dresser
  • Barbershop
  • Tattoo Studio
  • Penetration studio
  • Nail shop
  • Massage centers.

You must wear it when entering a salon or barber, and keep it on.

“You are required to wear a face covering when entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless you are exempt or have a good reason to remove it,” gov.ukof the guide.

All staff at your hair salon should also wear a mask or face covering.

For the rest of the UK, it’s mandatory to wear this shirt when visiting hairdressers and salons across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do I need to wear a mask in pubs and restaurants?

Not all UK pubs need face masks (Image: Getty)

In the UK, you are not required to wear a mask or face covering when entering a pub or restaurant.

This is because, for the most part, you will sit down at this venue and be able to eat or drink – which you obviously cannot do with your mouth covered.

Gov.uk confirms: ‘Face covering is not legally required in a hotel environment.’

However, you must wear them in takeout eateries where you cannot sit down to eat or drink. So if you’re just dropping in to pick up some scrans, put on a mask.

In Scotland, masks or face coverings must be worn in all bars, restaurants and shops – unless you are sitting down to eat or drink. The same goes for Northern Ireland.

In Wales, they are not required.

Where do I need to wear a mask?

In the UK, they need to be worn in all shops and supermarkets.

Gov.uk list where they are legally required. The list includes all forms of public transport, in galleries, pharmacies, veterinary surgery, banks and post offices.

Face covering rules for Britain were initially relaxed in July 2021, but the new rules come into force in November 2021.

Because the Scotland, gov.scot says face coverings are mandatory in stores, public transport, pubs and restaurants (when there are no seats), gyms, libraries and public spaces other in the house.

For Wales, gov.wales indicate they are not required to be in a pub or restaurant (or anywhere that serves food or drink) – but they are legally required in any other place considered a public space plus, in the house. Yes, that includes shops and public transport.

Because the Northern IrelandNI Direct says face coverings should be worn in all public spaces in the home. This includes: ‘shops, shopping centres, public, private and school transport services, taxis, planes, public transport stations and airports, banks, churches, cinemas and several government offices’.

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