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Continued mask wearing in Welsh shops welcomed by Usdaw

Date: 28 February 2022 Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed the Welsh Government retaining the legal requirement for shoppers to wear face coverings, if they are able to. While the requirement is being phased out in some public venues, face coverings will continue in Welsh retail possibly for another month. A review is expected on Friday.
Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says: “It is sensible and measured to keep the requirement to wear a face covering in shops. While Covid appears to be in decline, the pandemic is not over yet. Wearing a face covering protects others and we welcome that the Welsh Government has been clear and consistent on it being mandatory in stores.

“Usdaw is urging the shopping public to wear a face covering, if they can, to help make shops safer. We ask the public to follow the rules and respect shopworkers, abuse is not a part of their job. We continue to call on retail employers to maintain appropriate safety measures, ensuring they are followed consistently in every store.

“Many shopworkers are at a greater risk of catching the virus, simply because of the number of people they interact with on every shift. Yet they have worked throughout the pandemic to keep our communities supplied with essentials. These key workers must be valued, respected and protected.”

Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 360,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
For further information please contact Usdaw’s Media Officer, David Williams on: 0161 249 2469, 07798 696 603 or by e-mail to [email protected]
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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