Don’t get fined - wear a mask in shops, on public transport, and at indoor venues

Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings.

Woman wearing a face covering


Following the government’s announcement on 8 December, new Covid rules have come into force.

Wear a face covering

Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings. This expands from shops and public transport, to include venues such as cinemas, theatres, museums, community centres and places of worship.

Visit GOV.UK for a full list of venues requiring masks.

Don’t risk getting a fine for not wearing your mask. Transport for London fined 152 people on 30 November, when mask wearing on public transport was reintroduced. A penalty which can cost up to £200, and police can impose the same amount for failing to wear a face covering in stores.

In H&F our Law Enforcement Team of 72 officers is backing up the drive to resist the pandemic and security staff at many of our shopping centres and transport hubs are supporting the effort by handing out masks and asking customers to respect the law.

Work from home if you can

We are also being asked to work from home again, if possible. Office workers who can work from home should do so.

Required use of the NHS Covid Pass

Proof of vaccination or a negative test is required for large venues.

Certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption via the NHS Covid pass.

Visit GOV.UK for information on venues and events you'll need to show your NHS COVID Pass

Make sure you get both doses of the Covid vaccine, and your booster when you are eligible, to protect yourself and those around you, and help fight the spread of the virus. The booster significantly improves the protection you have from your first two doses and gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill.

Find out about getting your vaccinations and booster in H&F.

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