29 March 2022
Our Ref: E1/22
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Coronavirus Update – Covid-19 Face Covering Rules Ended in Wales – Scotland Announcement Imminent:
Further to earlier LTBs, this is a summary update following last week’s announcements by the Welsh and Scottish First Ministers. Communications have been issued to all Royal Mail Group managers yesterday 28 March 2022.
Following the Friday afternoon, 25 March announcement by Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford, from Monday 28 March 2022 the legal requirement to wear a face covering in indoor settings with the exception of hospitals and health care settings was removed and in line with that announcement the ‘mandatory face coverings/masks’ rule in Royal Mail Group indoor settings is changed in Wales Units from ‘mandatory’ to strongly recommended.
In Scotland the requirement to wear a face covering in Royal Mail Group indoor settings remains ‘mandatory’ – awaiting an expected review announcement from the Scottish Government which should follow within the next week or so and a further update will follow in due course.
In England the ‘mandatory masks’ rule was removed on 27 January 2022.
In Northern Ireland the ‘mandatory’ face coverings/masks requirement was ended on 16 February 2022.
Royal Mail will continue to supply face masks, gloves, wipes and sanitiser gel to those employees wishing to continue wearing/using these items. Both the disposable masks and three-ply antimicrobial layer, cotton, washable types are available.
Dave Joyce National Health, Safety & Environment Officer