NCB seeks clarification on mandatory face coverings for butchers
With effect from 24th September it is now compulsory for butchers, retail, leisure and hospitality staff to wear a face covering in areas that are open to the public and where they come, or are likely to come, within close contact of a member of the public.
In an update to its members, the NCB said it understands that visors do not count as face coverings. These can be worn in addition to, but not instead of, a face covering.
The trade organisation said that as the working safely guidance has not yet been updated it did not have answers for many of its members questions.
Subsequently it is advising butchers that even if they have perspex screens in their shops they should ask all staff to wear face coverings behind the counter until further information is available. NCB is in contact with various Government departments around the issue of Perspex screens and other mitigation, and it will send out information as soon as it has been verified.
Specifically in relation to Covid-19, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
It adds that, as an employer you do have a responsibility to provide face coverings for your staff, you will also need to start asking all customers to wear a face covering and enforce it where necessary.
The full Government guidelines on face coverings can be found here.