What are the rules for face coverings in Manchester?

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What are the rules on face coverings in shops?

Wearing a face covering will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

Those who fail to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days.


People won’t be required to wear a covering in places where it’s not practical – such as in a pub, cafe or restaurant. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Read: Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock’s statement to Parliament on face coverings in shops and supermarkets.

What are the rules on face coverings on public transport?

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Transport for Greater Manchester

Since 15 June, anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England must wear a face covering.


Some passengers are exempt from the rules including:

  • Children under 11
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading

People can be refused travel if they don’t follow the rules, and can be fined as a last resort.

Read: Transport for Greater Manchester urges passengers to wear a face mask or face eviction from public transport.

How to get your own face covering

Government has outlined that “face coverings” should be used over “face masks”. This is to make sure surgical face masks can be used by health professionals.

While face coverings are available in many shops, you’re also able to make your own. Read: Government guidance: How to make a cloth face covering.

How to wear your face covering

Here’s a great video by our friends over at the NHS on how to wear your covering.

Are you disposing correctly?

Bin your used PPE. Graphic of man with a medical mask on putting medical gloves in the bin

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If you happen to be using medical masks, please make sure you don’t recycle them or throw them on the floor– put them in a rubbish bin.

This will reduce litter and prevent the spread of the virus through litter.

Thank you for helping Manchester get back on its feet.