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To mask, or not to mask? That is the question

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, countries around the have introduced laws forcing people to wear face masks and coverings in public places, and workplaces, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

From the 19th July, Boris Johnson has confirmed that these mandatory requirements are to be halted in Englandand we will move from a “universal government diktat to relying on people’s personal responsibility”.

But what does this mean for commuters and busy workplaces up and down the country? What will be the new status quo? How might we enjoy thew3 new freedoms, whilst still respecting the wishes and concerns of others around the risk of transmission of Covid-19?

After all, vocal groups have been very strongly debating the pros and cons of compulsory mask-wearing for months prior to the new guidance. Which, in itself, introduces a lot more room for personal opinion into the debate.

Read on for our top-tips on how to avoid a social faux pas.

When to consider wearing a mask at work:

  • In any crowded, indoor workplace, or any indoor workplace where you work in very close proximity to other people
  • If you work around immunocompromised people, or people who live with those who are immunocompromised.
  • If anyone in your workplace makes a request for those around them to wear masks, or signals that the lack of mask-wearing is making them uncomfortable.
  • If any of your work colleagues are not fully vaccinated.

Above all, it’s best to respect everyone’s opinions and outlooks on mask-wearing, even if they don’t align with our own.

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