This week’s Government announcement detailed additional requirements for wearing face coverings in hospitality environments, but who exactly is affected? We have looked further in to the guidance to gain clarity on who the changes apply to. The links we have included below will help guide you to the relevant sections of the Government details.
The new requirements state “Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September).” View the full statement on Gov.uk here.
On Gov.uk they explain “From 24 September, it will be compulsory for 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.” View the full statement on Gov.uk here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#face-coverings-at-work
This suggests that front-of-house staff are affected but not back-of-house staff such as chefs, depending on the workplace environment such as whether social distancing can be followed. For official Government requirements, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19