Businesses taking extra steps to make Blackburn town centre COVID-safe

Businesses in Blackburn town centre are taking extra steps to make sure they are Covid-safe.

Following the announcement of face coverings to become mandatory in shops from 24 July, and the announcement of extra measures for Blackburn and Darwen to help prevent a local lockdown, customers are asked to wear face coverings in the Mall, the Market and businesses across the town centre to help keep people safe and save lives.  

TKMaxx at Townsmoor are giving out face coverings to their customers, Ainsworths Jewellers and Althams travel agents on Darwen Street are asking people to only enter their shops with a face coverings and have implemented lots of safety measures in store.

They are just some of the examples of Blackburn town centre businesses going the extra mile to help protect residents, visitors and staff.  

We all need to work together to stay safe and save lives

Mandatory masks from Friday 24 July

Following the announcement yesterday that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from Friday 24 July, please find below a link to the guidance around face coverings.

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

Some key points in the guidance are:-

  • A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
  • A face covering should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • It is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear face coverings, although employers should consider recommending their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place. 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 wearing a covering for staff will not be necessary. Employers should continue to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to reduce the proximity and duration of contact between employees.
  • People do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:
  • young children under the age of 11
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
  • Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law (as they would do more generally) and can refuse entry. In both cases, if necessary, the police have the powers to enforce these measures, including through issuing a fine of £100 (halving to £50 if paid within 14 days).

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