Commenting on the announcement today regarding the introduction of face coverings in shops in England, James Clark - HTA Director for Policy and Communications said:

"Garden centres have been safely trading for two months and support additional measures that protect the health of the public such as the wearing of face coverings. We welcome the acknowledgement from Government this morning that staff observing social distancing will not have to wear face coverings and do not have to enforce the wearing of face coverings by shoppers. However, there needs to be immediate full clarity, with updated guidance from Government. While face coverings are part of the measures to help promote public health, other actions such as handwashing and social distancing should continue to be observed to protect shoppers and staff alike.   

“The HTA is seeking that clarity from the Business Department as a matter of urgency”.

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