Scottish Government introduce regulations extending the wearing of face coverings to workplace canteens and communal spaces in workplaces.
From Friday 16 October 2020, anybody in a workplace canteen will have to wear a face covering unless they are seated at a table or eating and drinking – bringing rules for workplace canteens in line with the regulations in restaurants and cafes.
The Scottish Government will also be introducing regulations which require individuals to wear face coverings in communal areas in workplaces such as corridors, stairs, lifts, staff rooms, training rooms, changing rooms and entrances. These will come into effect from Monday 19 October, giving employers a few days to prepare.
The responsibility for complying with these measures will rest with individuals, rather than businesses or employers. Employers can help by explaining and encouraging the new requirements and the rationale.
There is evidence that face coverings add some additional value, especially in crowded and less well-ventilated spaces, and where 2m distancing is not possible. However, the wearing of face coverings must not be used as an alternative to physical distancing, good hand hygiene and any other public health precautions.
For more information on the rules of wearing face coverings please visit the Scottish Government Website.