Guidance from Blackburn with Darwen Council regarding safety in the workplace, and face coverings.

Covid Prevention Business advice – update

Local additional precautionary workplace guidance has been issued to reduce the potential for community transmission. 

In our shops, in advance of the Governments mandatory introduction of face coverings on 24th July it is now the Council’s guidance that everyone visiting our shops should wear face coverings.

In workplaces and offices, where safe Covid working has been established, such as at desks, face coverings do not need to be worn.  As part of the extra precautionary measures however staff are being advised to wear a face covering when however briefly they are utilising shared/enclosed communal spaces such as entrances, corridors, toilets, and kitchens.  This principle to be applied to all other enclosed working environments.

When working outdoors and where able to maintain social distancing, staff should not be expected to wear face coverings.  

Retail staff should continue to follow their risk assessments as to whether face coverings are required – this guidance doesn’t override the safety measures required by retail premises’ own risk assessments for staff.

The new guidelines can be found here:

Please note retail staff in The Mall are being asked to wear a face covering when entering and walking around The Mall as soon as possible but certainly from 24th July when it will be mandatory.

As part of the measures being taken to help prevent local lockdown restrictions being imposed on Blackburn, the Council are going to be promoting the ‘Covid-safe’ notices which businesses should be displaying for the public.  This is to make sure that businesses are putting in place safety measures and to reassure the public that safety measures are in place.

If you haven’t already done so, please ensure you are displaying the Notice found at the link below:

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