New measures have been put in place as a precaution, because cases of a variant (Omicron), which is of concern, have been found in the UK.

From 30 November 2021 shops and personal care services must display signage or take other measures to ensure customers are aware of the obligation to wear a face covering where there is no applicable exemption.

Staff and customers are required by law to wear a face covering in shops. This includes

  • shops and supermarkets
  • shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
  • auction houses
  • post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
  • estate and lettings agents
  • premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (such as hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing studios)
  • premises providing veterinary services
  • retail galleries
  • retail travel agents
  • takeaways (without space for consumption of food or drink on premises)
  • pharmacies

The Government have produced guidance for business including keeping your business safe

To help employers protect people in the workplace the HSE has also produced guidance on keeping workplaces safe