Face coverings will become mandatory in indoor public places across Wales from 14 September

We can confirm that My Place Properties are taking measures to protect our staff and clients

Office appointments; Attending our office will be strictly by appointment only so we can better control the office environment to ensure the safety of you and our staff. Please call Rebekah Pughe on 07792201491 or email rebekah@myplaceproperties.co.uk to make an appointment or for further assistance. We ask that you only attend your appointment if you are well and not showing any of the key COVID symptoms and note we will be limiting the number of people who can attend the appointments, i.e only 2 members from the same family bubble at any one time and no children under 16.

  • Clients need to arrive with their own gloves and masks.

  • We will provide hand sanitiser.

  • We will ensure a safe 2 m distance throughout appointments, whilst wearing face masks and gloves.

Why is wearing face coverings now a legal requirement in shops and other indoor public places from 14 September?

The Welsh Government has previously advised that wearing face coverings can reduce the spread of the coronavirus. However, we did not impose a legal requirement to do so because of the relatively low numbers of cases in Wales. The rising incidence rate of cases in Wales now means we are making it a legal requirement.

Who will the requirement apply to?

The requirement will apply to everyone aged 11 and over – including customers and staff. However, you may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if (for example):

  • you are not able to put on or to wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or because of a disability or impairment;

  • you are accompanying somebody who relies on lip reading where they need to communicate; or

  • you are escaping from a threat or danger and don’t have a face covering.

From experience in other countries where face coverings have been required, we know survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence sometimes find that wearing a mask triggers flashbacks to traumatic experiences. If that applies to you then this would also be a good reason not to wear a face covering.

What is a “face covering” and how should it be worn?

To provide any protection to others, face coverings need to be made, worn, handled and disposed of in a certain way. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of three layers in a face covering.

Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose. When putting coverings on, and while they are on, you should only handle the straps, ties or clips. Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. You should also wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before and after removing.