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Ed Schofield
July 24, 2020
From Today, You Need To Wear A Face Covering For Takeaway And Collection
If you’re picking up coffee, dinner, or pints after the 24th July, you have to wear a face covering.

24th July 2020

If you’ve read any of our recent reopening reports you’ll know that we’re very into our masks. In fact, we’ve named them. Is this a reflection of how pathetic and lonely we’ve become over lockdown? Absolutely. But now, there are new rules that are going to change when we have to wear them.

From today (Friday, July 24), new regulations come into effect that make wearing a mask or face covering at shops, banks, and on public transport compulsory. Although it was initially thought that the updated face-covering regulations wouldn’t affect the hospitality industry, it has now been decided that you’ll need to wear a mask when picking up takeaway. Confused? Here are the details.

When You Need To Wear A Mask:

  • When picking up any food or drink from a takeaway.

  • When ordering and collecting from coffee shops.

  • When purchasing items from delis, butchers, or shops within a restaurant.

When You Don’t Need To Wear A Mask:

  • Any circumstance where you’re dining in. Including when eating inside a restaurant or café that also serves takeaway food.

Basically, wear your face covering in any situation where you’re visiting a restaurant, café, pub or bar to collect food or beverages and then leave. But if you’re eating or drinking on the premises then you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to - which is good news for anyone who hasn’t figured out how to eat pappardelle through a face covering just yet.

Here are the full and complete guidelines, perfect if you're into reading confusing government documents.

Got any thoughts or questions? Email us at london@theinfatuation.com.

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