Boris Johnson announces new COVID-19 rules on face coverings

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Yesterday saw the Prime Minister announce further Coronavirus measures in an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19 including new rules on face coverings.

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement, an update to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 has been published.

There has been an amendment to Regulation 2 where it has been made clear that workers in the places listed in ‘Schedule 3’ are now required to wear masks.

These places include:

  • shop workers – not including premises providing legal or financial services
  • shopping centres
  • restaurants and bars
  • banks
  • hotels
  • cinemas
  • post offices
  • bingo halls
  • public libraries

The reasonable excuse exception still exists for those unable to wear a face mask (for example, because of a disability or where wearing a mask would cause severe distress).

These Regulations have also made it clear that it is the responsibility of the employee to wear a face mask and not the employers. This means that it is the employee who would committing the crime and thus liable to the £200 fine.

Further information

For specific advice for your business, please get in touch with our specialist Employment Law team through this website or by calling 0330 404 0778.

For all of our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice, please visit http://www.ashtonslegal.co.uk/coronavirus/

Our partners at Ashtons HR Consulting are also on hand to assist you.

Source: Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin & The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020


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