The Government have announced that they are increasing the fine for not wearing a face covering in designated areas of England, in order to deter people from repeatedly breaking the rules.
Rules on face coverings currently in place in England state that face coverings must be worn in indoor settings where social distancing is not possible – such as public transport, in shops and supermarkets, at indoor visitor attractions such as museums and galleries and in takeaway food stores.
Face coverings do not just include masks and you can comply with the rules by wearing anything which safely covers the nose and mouth, including a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth.
How much can you be fined for not wearing a face mask?
As of Friday 14 August, you can now be fined up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeatedly refusing to wear a mask in certain indoor settings.
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The police and Transport for London (TfL) have been given powers by the Government to enforce the new laws surrounding face coverings, including the issuing of fines.
Those who break the rules can be fined £100 (halved to £50 if paid within 14 days) the first time they are caught not complying with face covering regulations.
Fines for repeat offenders will now double at each offence – up to a newly announced total of £3,200.
The wearing of face coverings has been introduced in the UK to protect the general public from the further spread of coronavirus and to control the number of new cases from rising.
It is the law to wear face coverings in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, although exact fines for not complying with the rules in these regions have not been confirmed.