Wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport has become mandatory once again.
The rules have been reintroduced in England as concerns grow the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Restrictions are now being tightened to help slow the spread of the variant, as 14 cases were identified in the UK.
As well as reintroducing face masks, the government is expanding the rollout of booster jabs to over-18’s.
We spoke to shopping centres in Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor to find out what the rules are when you are inside centres, but not shops.
When shopping in the Queensmere Observatory centre in Slough, a centre spokesperson said that “people need to [wear face coverings] in shops and also the centres themselves”.
A spokesperson added that there will be wardens from Slough Borough Council patrolling the area who are “quite strict”.
The spokesperson also suggested wardens would be stricter than in the past, and mentioned people could incur “heavy fines” from police if they do not comply.
In Maidenhead, shoppers will also have to wear a mask in the shopping centre.
Centre manager for Nicholsons Centre said: “I can confirm that, unless medically exempt, customers are required to wear a face-covering in an enclosed shopping centre environment.
“This therefore includes The Nicholsons centre.”
Royal Windsor Station
Meanwhile in Windsor, the rules differ at the Royal Windsor Station because it is an open-air space.
A centre spokesperson said “We are just asking people to wear face coverings in shops, as per government guidelines.”
However, within the centre, they advise that people should wear coverings in the lift, as it is a small two-person lift.
They added that they would prefer people to wear masks in the concourse area (where the cafe seating area is) but they cannot enforce this.
Posters are now being put up in the centre to remind people of the rules, as “people would not be welcome in shops without masks”.
Windsor Royal Station’s website adds that “stores may also request that you follow additional safety measures including cashless payments and limited store capacities”.
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