Face Coverings in Supermarkets and Shops

23 July 2020

On Friday 24th July 2020, you will be required to wear a face covering in supermarkets and shops.

Full guidance on when to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own face covering can be found at Gov.uk.

You can also purchase face masks from Sewcraft, Fone Styles, Forum, Boots, Sainsburys, Superdrug and Wilko in Swindon town centre.

Read the latest press release, published on 23rd July here.

Face Covering exemptions - all you need to know

The full list of exemptions has not yet been published, but the guidance is expected to be similar to public transport rules.

The government currently says you don't have to wear a covering if you have "any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability", and would experience "severe distress" from doing so. If you require an exemption card, please contact your voluntary sector, organisation or charity direct. You can also contact Voluntary Action Swindon by visiting their website http://vas-swindon.org/

This includes:

if you're travelling with someone who requires lip-reading

if you suffer from severe distress when you put it on

suffer from a disability where you're unable to put it on

or you need to eat, drink or take medication

If you are travelling with someone who requires lip-reading or reading facial expressions, wearing a mask will not be compulsory.

Those who suffer from autism are also exempt.

The new rule will not apply to retail staff, but will apply to all members of the public. Children under 11 are also exempt.