Face coverings – what is the position for retailers after 19 July?

Following confirmation of the PM’s announcement of the relaxation of social distancing measures from 19 July, official Government guidance has now been published in terms of ensuring a 'COVID secure' working environment covering major sectors, entitled ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4’.

The guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covers construction work, offices, factories, science labs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality settings, events and attractions, hotels and other guest accommodation, shops and “close contact services” such as nail bars and hairdressers.

The guidance specifically for the retail sector can be found here.

So what does the guidance actually say about face coverings and what are the COVID Secure steps that retailers need to take? Head of Employment Julian Cox updates on the current position and provides important guidance for retailers as they navigate the changes introduced by the Government.

Click here to access Julian's update.

Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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