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.
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  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.