Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 — Extension of Requirement to Wear Face Coverings — 23 Sep 2020 at 20:40

The majority of MPs voted in favour of extending a general requirement to wear face coverings in venues such as shops, shopping centres, banks and post offices to a wider range of places including places of worship, cinemas, crematoria, museums, hotel lobbies and cinemas.

This vote, on 23 September 2020, was on regulations which had come into force on the 8th of August 2020.

The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:

The regulations amended the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020, those previous regulations provided for a general requirement to wear a face covering in shops, enclosed shopping centres, post offices and banks / building societies etc. and included an exemption in the case of a "Reasonable excuse", examples of which were given.

A general requirement to wear face-coverings in certain places was extended to additionally include:

The explanatory notes[1] state the regulations correct "two small typographical errors and one other minor error contained in the Face Coverings Regulations." The structure of the substantive regulations is changed, with Part II of the Schedule being removed and a second schedule added.

One of the "small typographical errors" appears inconsequential and perhaps merely a matter of style:

  • "(c)a part of such premises if it is in itself a premises mentioned in paragraph 1(1)(a) to (c) of the Schedule; or"


  • "(c)a part of such premises if it is itself a premises mentioned in paragraph 1(1)(a) to (c) of the Schedule; or"

The definition of “registered pharmacy” by reference to section 74 of the Medicines Act 1968 was moved alongside other definitions. This was again an inconsequential change, but it may aid readers.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance1 00100.0%
Con327 2090.4%
DUP3 4087.5%
Green1 00100.0%
Lab0 000.0%
LDem5 0045.5%
Total:337 6058.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Jeffrey M. DonaldsonLagan ValleyDUP (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)no
Gavin RobinsonBelfast EastDUP (front bench)aye
Jim ShannonStrangfordDUP (front bench)aye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no

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