Please show your re­spect to shop work­ers

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AS new rules on face cov­er­ing come into force in Eng­land, Us­daw is call­ing for the public to sup­port shop­work­ers.

Re­tail trade union Us­daw is re­mind­ing shop­pers that the wear­ing of face cov­er­ings is manda­tory in Eng­land.

Us­daw asks shop­pers to fol­low the law and help to pro­tect shop­work­ers and other cus­tomers by wear­ing a face cov­er­ing, while fol­low­ing ex­ist­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing and hy­giene pro­ce­dures.

Shop­work­ers are not re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing the law, and abuse should not be part of the job.

We en­cour­age every­one to sup­port shop­work­ers by re­mem­ber­ing to wear a face cov­er­ing, un­less you are cov­ered by an ex­emp­tion.

We’ve been talk­ing to em­ploy­ers about this and mak­ing sure that they have clear poli­cies and pro­ce­dures in place.

We ex­pect em­ploy­ers to put up clear sig­nage to re­mind cus­tomers about the rules.

The Gov­ern­ment has said that shop­work­ers are not ex­pected to en­force this law, but we are con­cerned that it may be a flash­point for abuse of staff.

Al­though the Gov­ern­ment has said that shop­work­ers are not legally re­quired to wear a face cov­er­ing, em­ploy­ers might en­cour­age or re­quire staff to wear them in some cir­cum­stances.

Em­ploy­ers must be aware that staff will need reg­u­lar breaks when they can take their face cov­er­ing off and have the op­por­tu­nity to re­place it.

We also want to make it clear that face cov­er­ings are not a re­place­ment for so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures that are al­ready in place. We also ask you to re­mem­ber that shop­work­ers are do­ing their best and to al­ways treat them with re­spect.

Paddy Lil­lis Us­daw Gen­eral Sec­re­tary

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