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                     please see the below information.
More places where you must wear a face covering, exemption and ‘give me space’ badges
We sent a message on the 15th July about face coverings, where they should be worn, how to make your own and how to wear them safely. Today's message is about the new places where face masks must be worn from the 8th August. Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings (detailed in the message of the 15th July) and today’s message includes a link to a free printable badge and card that can be used by those who are exempt. In today’s message we also provide a link to a printable badge and card which can be used by those who want to ask others to maintain social distance.
From the 8th August, members of the public must wear a face covering, by law, in the following settings:
funeral directors

premises providing professional, legal or financial services



bingo halls

concert halls

museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.

nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments

massage parlours

public areas in hotels and hostels

place of worship

libraries and public reading rooms

community centres

social clubs

tattoo and piercing parlours

indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)

storage and distribution facilities

veterinary services.

auction houses

Face coverings are also needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are advised to be worn in care homes. Individual settings may have their own policies and require you to take other measures.
Exemption Cards and badges
Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this and nobody needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering. Even so, some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.
This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law, Various badges can be viewed at the Halton Trading Standards web site.

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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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