Face Coverings Compulsory in shops from 24 July

Following the Government announced that wearing a face mask will be compulsory from 24 July in shops, LCC have forwarded the guidance below

  1. What is a face covering?
     Something which safely covers the nose and mouth – reusable or single-use.
     Can use scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering.
     Not classified as PPE (personal protective equipment).
  2. The reason for using face coverings
     May reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances.
     Not a replacement for social distancing/regular hand washing.
  3. How to wear a face covering
    A face covering should:
     Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
     Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face.
     Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
     Be made of a comfortable/breathable material e.g. cotton.
     Include at least two layers of fabric.
     Be washable (unless disposable).
    When wearing a face covering you should:
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands before putting on.
     Avoid wearing on neck or forehead.
     Avoid touching the part in contact with your mouth and nose.
     Change if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it.
    When removing a face covering:
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands.
     Only handle straps, ties or clips.
     Don’t share with someone else to use.
     If single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and don’t recycle.
     If reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions.
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands once removed.
  4. When to wear a face covering
     Public Transport (mandatory).
     Shops and Supermarkets as of 24 July 2020 (mandatory).
     Other enclosed public spaces where social distancing difficult (advisory).
  5. Exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated
     Young children under the age of 11
     Physical/mental illness, impairment, or disability.
     If causes you severe distress.
     If assisting someone relying on lip reading to communicate.
     To avoid harm/injury, or risk of harm/injury, to yourself or others.
     If you must eat/drink.
     If you need to take medication.
     If police officer/other official requests you remove your face covering.
     Age identification.
    July 2020
    Face coverings: when to wear one & how to make you own
  6. Face coverings at work
     No universal face coverings guidance for workplaces.
     Employers must make sure risk assessments address COVID-19 risks.
     If employees choose face covering, normal policies re PPE/occupational workwear apply.
  7. Making your own face covering
     Make your own face covering.
  8. Maintaining/disposing of face coverings
     Store reusable face coverings in a plastic bag until washed.
     Clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
     If eating in a restaurant, don’t place the face covering on the table.
     Wash regularly.
     Throw away if damaged.
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