Following the latest guidance issued by Public Health England (PHE) on Monday 6 April, the use of face masks outside of care settings is currently not advised in the UK.

According to the guidance, there is very little evidence of widespread benefit from the use of face masks outside of clinical or care settings, where they play a very important role.

To be effective, face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour.

Research shows that compliance with these recommended behaviours reduces over time when wearing face masks for prolonged periods, such as in the community.

Therefore, PHE does not advise masks in public places and for those working in waste collection, schools and similar settings.

The Norse Group is continuing to follow the latest recommendations from Public Health England, ensuring:

  • spaces in the workplace are optimised to allow social distancing to occur, wherever possible
  • signs are visible in the workplace reminding employees not to attend work if they have a fever or cough and to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • employees should follow good hand hygiene and either wash or sanitise their hands well and often to avoid contamination.

We will continue to review the latest guidance and update our approach if new evidence suggests that we should do so.