From 4am Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.
This is a temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant in the UK . For more information visit the governments latest guidance here
Support funding for arts and heritage
The Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. The funding will be open for applications within the next few days.