Updated guidance on face coverings for butchers

Updated guidance on face coverings for butchers

Butchers working in Covid-19 secure workplaces and operating behind a physical barrier will not have to wear face coverings, according to updated Government guidance.

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest updates, it was revealed that face coverings, which do not include visors, must be worn at all times by retail, leisure and hospitality staff working in indoor areas which are open to the public.

However, when seeking clarification on the guidance, the National Craft Butchers (NCB) was told by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that: “If these businesses have taken steps in line with HSE guidance for Covid-19 Secure workplaces to create a physical barrier between workers and members of the public then staff behind the barrier will not be required to wear a face covering.”

Other exemptions include where colleagues are not in a customer-facing environment (e.g. stock room), if they have a hidden disability or another health condition, or if they are with someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate with them.

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.

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