Union urges government to roll back on removing mask mandate


Usdaw has urged the government to roll back on removing the mask mandate in stores as some grocers have warned of rising staff absenteeism due to coronavirus.

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has written to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng calling on him to reverse plans to end compulsory face coverings and social distancing in shops from July 19. 

Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing in shops are “an important measure to help protect workers” as Covid-19 cases in the UK skyrocket. 

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