Following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday, the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 have been published.
Regulation 2 amends existing legislation on face coverings to make it clear that workers in places listed in Schedule 3 must wear masks.
Schedule 3 includes:-
- shop workers
- shopping centres
- restaurants and bars
- but does not include solicitors' offices or barristers' Chambers.
There is the same reasonable excuse exception as existed for other obligations to wear a face mask (for example, because of disability or where wearing a mask would cause severe distress).
The Regulations make it clear that it is the employee/worker who is committing the offence and is liable to the £200 fine, not the employer.
You can hear me discuss these new laws on the LBC Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show (select today's - Wednesday's - show and navigate to 28:40).