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It is now compulsory to wear a face-covering in Northern Ireland.

Face coverings – Starting from today (August 10) it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in a relevant place.  

A relevant place generally means a shop or shopping centre.  

As well as ordinary day to day shopping for items such as clothes, food or electrical goods, a face covering is required in any other indoor place where goods or services are available to buy or rent. 

This includes, for example, a bookmakers, a food takeaway business or a dry cleaner.

It is not mandatory to wear a face covering in a business that is able to maintain social distancing by using a system of ticketing or appointments.  

This might include, for example, a cinema, a hairdresser or a solicitor. 

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