Funeral Industry News
Face Coverings Mandatory From 10 July
Staying safe and keeping others safe by wearing face coverings* has been made mandatory from today (10 July) in shops and retail settings, and in private hire vehicles. New guidance is available, with also dedicated guidance for retail settings. This requirement applies to funeral director businesses. Please read the guidance through in full and take action accordingly.
The above guidance sets out that a face covering must be worn by all people within any indoor establishment which offers goods or services for sale or hire, when it is open.
There are exemptions in place for wearing of a face covering that are set out in the above documents. However, it is strongly recommended that staff still wear face coverings in public-facing environments even when mitigations, such as 2 metre physical distancing, are applied.
Following requirements brought in on 22 June, a face covering must also be worn by all passengers and staff or operators in private hire vehicles (e.g. limousines).
*A face covering is defined as any type of protective clothing which covers a person’s nose and mouth, which includes fabric face coverings, scarves and visors. It could be, but is not required to be, a PPE face mask. Customers are expected to provide their own face coverings but shops and retailers are strongly encouraged to have their own stocks of face coverings available as an initial encouragement to those customers without face coverings.