You can now be fined up to £6,400 for not wearing a face mask in certain places including in shops and taxis in England.
It’s now compulsory to wear a face covering in taxis and private hire cars, shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres – and almost every indoor space.
You are allowed to remove your mask to eat in a restaurant or drink in a pub – once you’re sat down – but staff in pubs, restaurants and shops are no longer exempt.
As of today, fines have doubled to £200 on a first offence.
They double on each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400 if you get caught a sixth time.
The law says you now have to wear a face mask in pubs. restaurants, bars including hotel bars, theatres, taxis and private hire vehicles.
Although you have to wear a face covering when you walk in to a pub or restaurant, you can take it off once you’ve sat down and ready to eat or drink.
Before this week, you already had to wear a mask in many places including shops and supermarkets, on public transport and in stations, banks, post offices, places of worship, hair salons and parlours, cinemas, museums, zoos, and libraries.
Children under 11 are exempt from wearing a face covering, as well as people who can not wear one due to a physical or mental illness or disability.
If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress you are also exempt.
Those speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate also don’t have to wear one.
Police officers and other emergency workers also aren’t forced to wear a face covering, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public.