Wearing a face covering is still currently a legal requirement in many places, but when might that change?
Reviews are being carried out into how and when Covid measures, including face coverings, might be lifted.
What are the reviews?
The government in Westminster is working with colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seek a consistent UK-wide approach.
When will we know the findings?
Are face-covering rules likely to remain?
We won’t know for sure until ministers assess the reviews, but it’s thought face-coverings might still be needed in some circumstances – particularly during winter.
Some people may opt to wear them, even if they are not compulsory.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped they would become the norm on public transport as a matter of “personal responsibility”.
Why should I wear a mask?
Face coverings – when worn over the nose and mouth – reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.
The main purpose is to protect other people from Covid, rather than yourself. If everyone wears one, risks drop for all.
Masks can help to reduce