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Covid-19 rules updated

Here at Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine, we support the government’s latest announcement that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted.

The changes are set out below:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • From 20 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.
  • From 27 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries. Directors of Public Health will only be able to recommend pupils and staff wear masks in communal areas in places where there are outbreaks or where the local public health situation justifies it, and with sign-off from the Education Secretary.
  • From 27 January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • From 27 January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.

We previously welcomed the news that there was no compulsion to wear a face covering in bars, pubs, restaurants or other hospitality venues, but it always made little sense to continue to force people to wear face coverings in shops, which proportionately offer far more space per person that in any crowded bar.

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic every step towards what we would recognise as normal life is beneficial and we hope to see the economy continue to go from strength to strength, which will especially help the artisan and hand crafted drinks producers that we are here to help.

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Scott Warman @scottiewarman