Face masks should remain compulsory in shops, Usdaw says

Face masks should remain compulsory in shops, Usdaw union says
Usdaw, which represents shop workers, is the latest union to warn against relaxing measures which have been in place for over a year.
// Usdaw warns against relaxing face mask measures in shops
// It has written to the Business Secretary to say there was no reason why face coverings & social distancing in shops can’t continue
// Unions representing transport staff and workers in bank branches have also voiced safety fears as restrictions end on July 19

The government is coming under increasing pressure from unions representing workers across the UK to reverse plans to end compulsory face coverings on July 19.

Usdaw, which represents shop workers, is the latest union to warn against relaxing measures which have been in place for over a year.

Usdaw has written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng saying there was no reason why requirements to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing in busy public areas like shops cannot continue.


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General secretary Paddy Lillis said: “The government should not be weakening safety measures in shops at the same time as opening up other venues.

“Retailers may be able to attempt to enforce their own face covering policies, but in the absence of a legal requirement, as has already been highlighted by the BRC, this is likely to result in further significant increases in abuse, threats and violence towards retail workers.

“Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas like shops is not merely a personal choice, it is an important measure to help protect workers who have no option but to interact with large numbers of people as a part of their job.”

Lillis said many retail workers were at a greater risk of catching the virus.

“Supermarket workers and delivery drivers have worked throughout the pandemic to keep the country supplied with essentials,” he said.

“These key workers must be valued, respected and protected.”

Unions representing transport staff and workers in bank branches have also voiced safety fears as restrictions end on July 19.

with PA Wires

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1 COMMENT

  1. I absolutely agree with this. Customers and supermarket or other direct service staff really should be protected from any risk of possible infection.
    Recently I was in the local Poundland – the checkouts are quite close together, the standing area there is too close, and not all staff are wearing masks now. I had to wait ’til someone came to man a checkout (few staff around). He was young (not vaccinated?) with no mask. I still wear masks for indoor places. I wasn’t 100% then but okay, then next day got a chest illness, had to stay home for days, have prescribed antibiotics and did a negative PCR test. Not impressive!

    It seems wrong that masks are no longer mandatory in England, like the rest of the UK (UK countries NOT all in line Boris). The science has proved that masks DO help to impede the spread of infection and keep people safe. Wouldn’t most people feel safer if other close customers and retail/service staff were wearing masks or visors? (particularly on checkouts, counters and small floor areas)? Or at least keep a safe distance? Some perspex screens have gaps or aren’t wide enough.

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