Face masks mandatory from today
From 24th July face masks must be worn in shops and takeaways.
Face coverings are now compulsory in sites such as takeaways, shops, supermarkets and indoor shopping centres.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is most commonly spread by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.
The Government announcement says the new rules are in effect because ” the best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others”.
When a customer enters a site they must wear a face covering such as a mask or a cloth covering. Customers in hospitality venues who purchase food and drink, can remove their mask to consume it on the premises. This means that it will not be compulsory for customers to wear masks or similar coverings in restaurants and pubs for example.
The new rules say that their use is not compulsory for staff but employers should carefully consider when and where they should be used.
New Government guidance was released yesterday which outlines more about the new rules and how they should be followed.
If you’re unsure about whether your business is affected by the new rules and what you should be doing then reach out to us for help.