Supermarkets across the UK have updated their guidelines on face coverings as millions more people prepare to return to the high street this weekend for the reopenings of pubs, salons and restaurants.
The Government has warned that masks are now mandatory in hospitals, with staff, visitors and outpatients required to wear them.
And failing to stick to the rules could cost you a £100 penalty fine, with more than 3,000 extra security staff deployed across the country to help enforce the new laws.
But will you have to wear one in the supermarket?
While you’re not legally required to wear a covering to shop in the UK, most supermarkets have been told they can impose them if they feel it’s necessary.
Here are the latest guidelines you need to know about.
Small shops – such as newsagents
Currently, it is not compulsory to wear a face mask when out shopping in a supermarket, however, face coverings are recommended in some enclosed spaces – such as small shops.
If you’re heading out in public, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says you should wear a face covering where social distancing is not possible in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The organisation says they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead expert on Covid-19, recommends that people to wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask”.
These fabric masks should consist of “at least three layers of different material” in order to be effective.
This can be anything from a layered up bandana to a scarf or homemade mask – as long as it covers your nose and mouth.
German discounter Aldi has been clear on its stance from the start – with all staff offered them in stores and customers allowed to wear coverings at their discretion.
“Aldi will be providing the option of face masks to all its store-based colleagues to further support their safety as they continue to feed the nation,” a statement said.
“This move is in addition to the previously announced provision of gloves and clear screens that are being installed at more than 7,000 checkouts.
“Colleagues can also now access the Government’s Covid-19 testing programme for critical workers.”
Customers will continue to have the choice of whether they want to wear a face covering or not.
Asda says staff and customers can choose whether to wear face masks in stores – and they won’t be made mandatory.
A spokesperson said: “We are complying with all Government guidelines and we welcome customers wearing face masks or not.
“Our colleagues all have the option of wearing face masks which we have supplied and the colleagues in clinical settings (pharmacy and optical) have been required to wear masks since the start of the pandemic as per the government guidelines on clinical workers.”
The supermarket chain has not made wearing masks compulsory for customers or staff, although they are available if staff wish to wear them.
Instead, social distancing measures have been introduced, including one-way aisles to reduce social contact.
The retailer previously said the government guidance refers to indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.
Similar to its rival, Sainsbury’s has masks available for all colleagues should they wish to wear them.
A spokesperson explained: “Masks are available for all our colleagues who wish to use them while they work or travel to their place of work.”
However, no one in the store is made to wear these and social distancing measures have been introduced to keep shoppers safe.
Marks and Spencer
M&S Foodhall stores have remained open throughout the pandemic and made changes to how operations are run.
Face visors have reportedly been available to staff since the beginning of April.
However, wearing the visors – or any face coverings – is not enforced, though in small stores it is advised, as per government guidelines.