COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
a) Some exemptions apply; check the detailed government guidance for more information on who should wear face coverings, enforcement, and safe usage.
b) Employers should assess the use of face coverings on a case by case basis depending on your risk assessment of the workplace environment, any other appropriate mitigations you have put in place, and whether reasonable exemptions apply. For example, there will be times when screens or visors are in use, or when a staff member is not in close proximity to people they do not normally meet, and so it will not be necessary for staff to wear a face covering.
c) Where you are requiring staff to wear a mask in the workplace, ensure staff have received guidance and/or training in how to use this safely and effectively.
d) For recommendations and requirements in specific settings please check the Government’s workplace settings guidance.
e) Amend any online information and update social media to highlight any new restrictions to potential visitors and to let people know what to expect when they first arrive at your building.
g) What will be your policies and procedures for dealing with anyone who refuses to comply with social distancing measures? Discuss and agree these in advance of re-opening or running an activity and make sure your team know what to do.