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Where Are Face Masks Mandatory?

With so many rules and regulations to keep up with over the past few months, if you’re feeling confused about the current state of play, then you are not alone. But as we know, keeping up with government guidance is for the safety of ourselves and those around us. 

As it stands, face masks continue to be a requirement in most places, especially anywhere indoors where there is not an adequate flow of fresh air to disperse any potential coronavirus droplets. Though, there are some changes you need to be aware of. 

In today’s post, we will be breaking down the current regulations surrounding face masks so that you can stay in the know. 

Looking to bulk buy face masks? Skip ahead to the end of this article to find the link to our online face mask store! 

Where Are Face Masks Still Needed In The UK?

To prevent the spread of the virus, face masks continue to be mandatory unless you have a medical reason that would count as an exception. 

Advice is constantly being updated, but at the time of writing, you must wear a face-covering in the following locations across England: 

  • Auction houses
  • Auction houses
  • Banks
  • Credit unions
  • Estate agents (including on viewings)
  • Exhibition halls/conference centres
  • Funeral service providers
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Hospitality venues (except when seated to eat or drink)
  • Hotels (all public areas)
  • Indoor play areas
  • Libraries
  • Offices 
  • Places of worship
  • Post offices
  • Public transport
  • Schools (in areas where social distancing is not possible)
  • Shopping centres
  • Shops
  • Solicitors
  • Storage and distribution centres
  • Supermarkets
  • Tattoo parlours 
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Theatres
  • Transport hubs
  • Veterinary services
  • Visitor attractions

See the latest government guidelines for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Do Employers Have To Provide Face Coverings To Employees?

In any workplace setting where staff must wear a face mask by law, employers must provide face coverings for their staff. However, your employees are also free to wear their own face masks. 

In situations where you have created a physical barrier between your staff and anyone else (i.e. a partition screen), then staff do not have to wear a face mask. For example, in reception areas with glass screens or drivers on public transport who are also protected behind a glass screen. 

Though in many cases, staff may still choose to wear a face mask, and they should not be prohibited from doing so. 

Benefits Of Offering Your Employees Face Masks

First and foremost, face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so by wearing a face covering, we are all doing our bit in the fight against the pandemic. 

As an employer, providing face masks will encourage everyone to stay safe while they are at work. Face masks also help keep your customers or the general public safe who may encounter your staff while carrying out their duties.

By purchasing face masks, you can ensure your staff will be able to still work, especially if your business counts as one of the environments in which people must wear a face covering. Otherwise, your business could face disruption if there are no clean face masks on hand for them to use. 

There is also the option to customise the exact type and even branding of face masks your employees wear. This can help manage both the quality of the face masks your staff wear and also the appearance of them. 

Using reusable face masks will also ensure you do your bit for the environment since disposable face masks have a short lifespan and cannot be washed like reusable face masks can be. 

When Can We Stop Wearing Face Masks Or Face Coverings?

The short answer is sadly not yet. At present, the government is undertaking a mass vaccination programme for COVID-19 that is still making its way through all of the age groups. There are also various variants of the disease that continue to make case numbers fluctuate. 

June 21 is when the government is planning to phase out many of the current restrictions. However, it’s a constantly changing picture with no specific changes expected to the wearing of face masks. 

The BBCs ‘coronavirus cases near me’ data shows areas of the UK that still have worryingly high cases of COVID-19. Therefore, until cases come under control and further research is conducted in relation to the vaccine, you must continue to wear face coverings in required areas unless exempt. 

Face Mask Types

If you are looking to switch up your current face mask type or purchase a bulk order of face masks for your employees, it pays to get clued up on the different types available. 

Some of the most popular face mask types we stock at Mask4Life include:

Fixed Ear Loop Face Mask

Made from 100% cotton, our fixed earloop face mask keeps things simple with a band that can be slipped on and off the ear with ease. The masks are not medical masks but have been tested to ensure they offer protection against inhaling bacteria. This particular make comes in several different colours and can also be branded according to your company guidelines. 

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Mesh Face Mask

Our mesh face mask is a 3 ply design offering a triple layer of protection. The front layer has a distinctive mesh print. A notable feature of this mask type is the ability to adjust the loop, making it as big or small as it needs to be, so it gives the user a snug but comfortable fit. We also offer bespoke colour options for mesh face masks for orders above 15,000 units. 

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An alternative option to the traditional face covering is to wear a snood, which consists of a single layer of fabric covering your nose, mouth and neck area. The benefits are that you lose the need for elastic, making snoods more comfortable to exercise in. The branding options for snoods include custom colours, printing or heat transfer. 

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Respirator Mask

When you are looking to step things up a gear, look no further than a respirator style face mask. It is designed to be able to filter dust, bacteria and any other harmful substances. It is suitable for environments where the user will come into contact with solid particles or non-volatile liquid particles. As well as a moulded metal nose piece, the material is also skin-friendly to avoid the risk of irritation, as seen in other mask types. 

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Disposable Vs Reusable Face Masks

Where coronavirus is concerned, any face mask is better than none. But when it comes to our environment, reusable face masks are always preferred over disposable face masks. 

Research by Mask4Life found that for every reusable mask we sell, we prevent 30 disposable face masks from entering into a landfill and our oceans. Sadly, the pandemic meant a reduction on single-use plastic practically halted overnight. Therefore, unless we all make an effort to switch to reusable face masks, our global ecosystem will suffer, as billions of face masks have been needed since the start of the pandemic.

There’s also room for both comfort and customisation with reusable face masks. This means you can find a face mask that offers both the right level of protection and fit for your needs, which just isn’t possible with disposable face masks that have a one-size-fits-all design. 

Why Use A Bespoke Facemask Manufacturer Such As Mask4Life?

If you head into any regular store to purchase a face mask, you will often find a limited range of face masks. In many cases, there is no explanation about the quality or properties of the mask, making it difficult to know if you are really getting the best level of protection. 

Whatsmore, you will also face more expense because of the markups. We even found one fashion designer selling face masks for £79, even though the mask was incredibly basic in terms of protection! In contrast, our face masks start at just 50p per unit, blowing even high street prices that average between £5-£10 per mask out of the water. 

Mask4Life sells face masks and snoods in bulk that are available to purchase from as little as 5 up to 5,000 units. Our most affordable masks work out at just 1.6 per use, based on a maximum of 30 days of usage. Therefore, it couldn’t be easier or more economical to bulk buy face masks for your employees, keeping everyone safe in the process. 

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Mask4Life are bespoke face mask manufacturers based in the UK. We sell our products to a range of industries, including offices, retail, education providers, small businesses and many more. 

If you are looking to purchase face masks, snoods or disposable gowns, then you are in the right place. 

To browse our full range of face masks, please visit our shop. Alternatively, if you have any queries or are interested in custom branded face masks, please contact us, and our friendly team will be in touch. 


Please note, all information in this blog was up to date as of Monday 7th June 2021. For the latest information go to