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31st July 2020, 19:35

Government publishes new legislation on mandatory use of masks

The Government has published legislation on the use of masks in an Extraordinary Gazette.

Employees working in retail shops, restaurants - including terraces, and hair and beauty salons will have to wear masks, by law. Those who do not will face an on the spot fine of £100.

Masks also need to be worn by anyone using public transport. This includes buses and taxis.

Exceptions will be made if an individual can't wear a mask because of any physical or mental illness or disability, or in certain emergency situations. Children under age 11 are also exempt from wearing a mask on public transport.

Those who do not comply with the new laws may face a fine of one hundred pounds.

The regulations allow for the Royal Gibraltar Police and Environmental Health Officers to issue these.

These rules were in place previously, however, the legislation published now makes them mandatory by law.

Previously, business owners were liable where employees failed to wear a mask as necessary; under the new regulations an employee who does not wear a mask as required by the legislation will be committing an offence.

The Government says it may extend the compulsory use of masks in the near future if its necessary.