Wales lifts face covering requirement in many indoor public places

28, February 2022

The legal requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor settings in Wales came to an end on 28 February 2022.

The change will mean people will no longer be legally required to wear face coverings in a range of indoor places, including cinemas, theatres, community centres, museums and gyms.

Face coverings will continue to be a legal requirement for adults and children aged 11 and over, unless exempt, in all retail settings, on public transport and in health and care settings. The Welsh Government has said that if public health conditions continue to improve this legal requirement could be lifted by the end of March.

Official guidance will also continue to highlight the importance of face coverings as one means of helping keep people safe.  First Minister Mark Drakeford said:  “Now is the right time to relax the general requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor public places.

“But we will keep the legal requirement in place in retail, public transport and health and social care, which are widely used and essential sectors.

“This is part of our cautious and careful response to the pandemic. We will continue to consider the latest scientific and medical evidence to inform our approach.

The outcome of the next review of regulations will be announced on 4 March, when all the remaining measures at alert level zero will be reviewed.

Information can be found on Face coverings: guidance for public | GOV.WALES.

Guidance is available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES.

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