Colchester Zoo has issued fresh guidance around the wearing of face coverings.

The popular attraction had asked visitors to wear coverings when entering its gift shop, the guest services office or in any of its catering outlets.

But in an announcement, the zoo said visitors would now be required to cover their face in all indoor areas.

A spokesman said: "Following the recent government announcement regarding the extension of face coverings being mandatory in other indoor public areas as of August 8, we now require visitors to wear face coverings in all indoor areas within the zoo with immediate effect.

"We also encourage visitors to wear face coverings outside during their visit, although this is not mandatory, we highly recommend this."

Hand sanitiser stations have been placed around the zoo for guests, with visitors required to book tickets online prior to their trip.

The government made face coverings mandatory in shops, transport hubs, banks and post offices iin England from July 24.