New COVID rules to include face coverings in canteens

Workers should wear face coverings when in their canteens, if they are not sitting to eat and drink, according to the latest UK Government guidance.

Measures unveiled by Downing Street and devolved administrations this week have prompted a re-write of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) site operating procedures, which are being prepared for re-issue.

A statement from Build UK released this morning highlighted that the new restrictions mean people in canteens should cover their face unless they are eating or drinking.

It added that sharing a car to and from work is still permitted in England and Wales, though people should try to avoid it. Updated laws in Scotland state vehicle sharing with people outside your own household is restricted “unless absolutely necessary”.

An update from the trade body last week claimed that a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) “investigation concluded” that a recent serious outbreak of COVID-19 on an unnamed site found that travelling to work, as well as socialising, were likely to have been responsible for the outbreak.