Face masks not a legal requirement in depots, government confirms to FWD

Wholesale customers and supplier reps will not be legally required a to wear face masks in depots, with the government confirming to the FWD that they were exempt from the requirements as they are “acting in the course of their employment” and have an “arrangement” with the wholesaler to enter the facilities.

Retailers and caterers are exempt from the legislation because the requirement does not apply to “a person responsible for a relevant place or an employee of that person acting in the course of their employment; or to any other person providing services in the relevant place under arrangements made with the person responsible for a relevant place.”

FWD still concerned at support for wholesalers

“It’s good to have clarification from government that the rules on face masks do not apply to people visiting wholesale as part of their job,” explained FWD chief executive James Bielby, “wholesalers may choose to request that customers wear them but it is not a legal requirement.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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