Face coverings in shops

Most of the shops in East Hampshire have now reopened to the public, with things in place to keep you safe such as screens or limits on the number of people who can enter the shop. If you’re supporting your local shops and shopping safely, thank you. Wearing face coverings in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices is now mandatory. It is not mandatory in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from coronavirus. These include:

  • eat-in restaurants and pubs
  • hairdressers and other treatment salons
  • gyms and leisure centres
  • cinemas, concert halls and theatres

Wearing a face covering will help protect others from you. If you have caught coronavirus but have not developed symptoms, the covering could reduce the chance of you passing it on. Face coverings are not a replacement for keeping your distance from others and washing your hands. It’s important that you wear and store your face covering properly. Make sure you wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off, avoid touching your face and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you wash them.

Where can I get a face covering

A face covering can be very simple and should cover your mouth and nose. Lots of shops and brands are starting to sell their own face coverings or you could make your own.

What if I can’t wear one?

There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people cannot wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances and remember that some people are less able to wear them.

What if I don’t want to wear one?

If you do not wear a face covering, the shop you are visiting can refuse you entry. The Police will have powers to issue £100 fines to people who do not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.