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England makes face coverings mandatory in venues

New UK government guidance indicates that, from 17 August, face coverings must be worn in exhibition and conference centres in England, as well as inside visitor attractions and entertainment venues, such as museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and cultural and heritage sites.

While business events are not explicitly singled out in the new regulatory guidance, the context suggests that the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in these settings also. The guidance reads: “You should also wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.”

Business events of up to 30 people are currently allowed to take place in any suitable venue, but the wearing of face coverings had not been a requirement until now.

The new ruling does not apply to Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.