NASP has issued guidelines on wearing face coverings in England after 19 July.
The organisation expects that the wearing of face coverings will no longer be legally required in most places in England from 19 July, subject to confirmation on 12 July. The legal requirement to wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and in other enclosed public spaces will end. However official advice will say face coverings should still be worn, as a voluntary measure. The Prime Minister has said it will be a matter of personal responsibility.
The legal need to wear a face covering in certain places will remain, for the time being, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Scottish government has said it could keep some basic measures in place, including wearing masks at its next review due in August.
NASP believes it is sensible to wear face coverings after 19 July in our industry because:
- Evidence suggests transmission is mostly happening in indoor spaces where people are in close proximity
- Face coverings worn over the nose and mouth reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking
- The main purpose is to protect others from COVID, rather than yourself. If everyone wears one, the risks drop for all
- Masks can also help reduce virus spread from people who may be contagious but have no symptoms
- Cutting virus transmission is important because many people are still not yet fully vaccinated
- Some new virus variants appear more transmissible than earlier COVID strains
NASP recommends that:
- You consider still wearing a face covering after 19 July for yourself and your clients
- You continue to sanitise the car as we have been doing during COVID and continue to use hand sanitiser