UKH says face mask requirement underlines safety of hospitality sites

UKHospitality has hailed the wide-ranging exemptions for hospitality venues as a tribute to the robust nature of the sector’s Covid-security measures.

Under new guidance which comes into force today customers dining on site will not be required to wear face masks, although those buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops will be required to do so.

However, the trade association bemoaned the short notice of the requirements and the consequent potential for difficulties in implementation.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said, “Venues have made a huge effort to get themselves open to customers and ensure that premises are safe for staff and customers. That has been reflected in the guidance which makes the bulk of hospitality exempt from the mandatory wearing of masks.

“Unfortunately, the announcement lacked clarity around many issues affecting outlets offering both takeaway and on-premises dining. Furthermore, with the announcement at around 2.30pm the day before the measures come into effect, it left those venues a very short time to properly brief staff, prepare signage and take steps to encourage compliance.

“UKH has acted swiftly to provide a briefing on face coverings, to provide some much-needed clarity to operators. It is being posted on the coronavirus page of our website and updated as additional information emerges.”