Ban on canteens and staff to wear masks in offices under draft Government plan for new workplace rules

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CANTEENS could be closed and masks worn in offices under draft Government plans for the new workplace rules.

Brits are facing massive changes when they go back to work as employers are urged to minimise the risk of a second peak.

Brits will be asked to wear masks in the office under new plans for a return to work

According to the BBC, restrictions being eased will see companies told to minimise the amount of staff using equipment, stagger shift times and maximise home-working.

The draft strategy also calls for the use physical screens and the use of protective equipment when staff cannot work two metres from each other.

Staff will also be told to avoid sharing pens and avoid face-to-face meetings.

Speaking this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted there were many ways Brits could reduce the risk while back in work.

He told Sky News: “You can look at shielding, you can look at how long you stay near people. The two-metre rule reduces the possibility of infection by a certain amount of time.

“If you halve that it still keeps people away from being infected but for a lesser time. The probability of being infected is much less.

“I think there are options about how we can do it. You can wear PPE, that could be a possibility if you have to be in close proximity or indeed you could find other ways of doing it.”

He also pointed towards supermarket workers working behind “shields”.

 

Companies could also be asked to lay on more parking spaces so staff don’t have to rely on lifts from colleagues.

Stores such as Aldi and Waitrose are already using the screens to protect staff, as well as limiting the number of customers.

The Prime Minister will reveal his “roadmap” out of lockdown this Sunday.

Last week Boris Johnson announced the public will be asked to wear face masks when lockdown measures are lifted as they are “useful”.

The PM confirmed HOAR’s story that scientists have advised they can have an effect on stopping the spread of the bug.

Most companies have been shut down since the lockdown was brought in on March 23.

Ministers will review those restrictions by Thursday.

Supermarkets including Aldi and Morrisons have installed screens at checkout to protect both shoppers and staff