Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (HC Bill 31)

A

BILL

TO

Prohibit the wearing of certain face coverings; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Prohibition of face coverings

(1) Subject to the exemptions in subsection (3), a person wearing a garment or
other object intended by the wearer as its primary purpose to obscure the face
in a public place shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) 5For the purposes of this section, a “public place” is as defined in section 9(1) of
the Public Order Act 1936.

(3) A person does not commit an offence under subsection (1) if the garment or
other object is worn—

(a) pursuant to any legislative or regulatory provision;

(b) 10as a necessary part of any activity directly related to a person’s
employment;

(c) for reasons of health or safety;

(d) for the purposes of a sporting activity;

(e) for the purposes of art, leisure or entertainment; or

(f) 15in a place of worship.

(4) Any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary
conviction, to a fine not exceeding Level 1 on the Standard Scale.

2 Removal of face coverings on private premises

Where members of the public are licensed to access private premises for the
20purposes of the giving or receiving of goods or services, it shall not be an
offence for the owner of such premises or his agents—

(a) to request that a person wearing a garment or other object intended to
obscure the face remove such garment or object; or

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(b) to require that a person refusing a request under subsection (a) leave
the premises.

3 Removal of face coverings in the course of provision or receipt of public
services

(1) 5A person—

(a) providing a public service in person to a member of the public; or

(b) receiving a public service in person from a public official;

shall remove any garment or other object intended by the wearer as its primary
purpose to obscure the face unless such garment or other object is reasonably
10required for reasons of health or safety.

(2) For the purposes of this section—

(a) a “public service” is any service provided to the public by or on behalf
of any public agency or public enterprise of a legislative, administrative
or judicial nature or in connection with public order or national
15security; and

(b) a “public official” is a person engaged in the provision of a public
service.

4 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Face Coverings (Prohibition) Act 2013.

(2) 20This Act comes into force two months after Royal Assent.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales.