The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These Regulations came into force on the 8th August 2020. They:

  1. Extend the range of places at which face coverings have to be worn to include, amongst other venues:  indoor places of worship, community centres, crematoria, concert halls, cinemas, museums, bingo halls and public libraries.

  2. Provide additional exemptions to the definition of a shop.

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Amendment of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020

2.—(1) The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 2(1), at the appropriate place insert—

“crematoria” has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Cremation Act 1902(2);;

“indoor places of worship” means any building, room or other indoor premises used for public religious worship;; and

“registered pharmacy” has the same meaning as in section 74 of the Medicines Act 1968(3);.

(3) In regulation 2(1) in the definition of “relevant place”, for “Part 1 of the Schedule”, substitute “Schedule 1”.

(4) In regulation 2(2), for “Part 2 of the Schedule”, substitute “Schedule 2”.

(5) In regulation 2(4)(c)—

(a)for “is in itself”, substitute “is itself”;

(b)for “the Schedule”, substitute “Schedule 1”.

(6) In regulation 2(4)(d)—

(a)for “it itself”, substitute “it is itself”;

(b)for “Part 2 of the Schedule”, substitute “Schedule 2”.

(7) In regulation 4, omit sub-paragraph (2).

(8) In the Schedule—

(a)for the headings “Schedule” and “Part 1 Relevant places where face coverings must be worn”, substitute “Schedule 1 Relevant places where face coverings must be worn”;

(b)after paragraph 4 insert—

5.  Indoor places of worship.

6.  Community centres including youth centres.

7.  Crematoria and burial ground chapels.

8.  Public areas in hotels and hostels.

9.  Concert halls, exhibition halls and other public halls.

10.  Cinemas.

11.  Museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, and other indoor, or indoor parts of, tourist, heritage or cultural sites.

12.  Bingo halls.

13.  Public libraries and reading rooms..

(c)omit Part 2 of the Schedule;

(d)after Schedule 1 (as renumbered by regulation 2(8)(a)) insert—

Regulation 2(2)

SCHEDULE 2Exemptions from definition of shop

1.  Premises (other than registered pharmacies) providing wholly or mainly medical or dental services, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractic, osteopathic, optometry or other medical services including services relating to mental health.

2.  Indoor fitness studios, gyms, dance studios, leisure centres, indoor swimming pools, water parks, funfairs, theme parks or other premises for indoor sports, leisure or adventure activities.

3.  Photography studios..

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