Please see the latest NASP update on wearing face coverings:
NASP guidelines on wearing face coverings in England after 19th July 2021
We expect that the wearing of face coverings will no longer be legally required in most places in England from July 19th, subject to confirmation on July 12th. 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.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance say they will continue to wear face coverings:
Businesses have been considering what they will do and no doubt there will be variations between businesses. It is likely that some businesses could refuse you service, or the right to travel without a face covering.
Firms decide their own health and safety measures and insisting on a face covering could be a reasonable rule, says Adam Wagner, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. If you took your mask off once inside a building or train, for example, staff would have the right to ask you to leave. If you are currently exempt from wearing a mask companies will probably have to continue to honour that exemption.
Why is continuing to wear a face covering sensible after 19th July in our industry?
NASP considers personal responsibility will mean refreshed risk assessments for ourselves on an individual basis and similarly for each individual client.
NASP recommend that:
Consider the following for each client and for yourself:
DVSA have not issued any guidelines at the time of publishing this, we will update you of any changes as soon as we hear from the DVSA.
Lynne Barrie current chair, on behalf of NASP.
Peter J Harvey MBE