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On 23 October 2020, the Chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Nesil Caliskan, made a statement on the tools councils should have to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Caliskan felt that councils should be able to take ‘rapid action’ against businesses failing to implement safety measures, and he ‘look[s] forward to hearing more details…over the coming days’. See: LGA seeks tools to combat businesses violating safety measures amid coronavirus (COVID-19)—LNB News 23/10/2020 86.
The measures undertaken to help prevent the spread of coronavirus are in constant changes as the government aims to follow the evolution of the transmission of the virus within the community. To simplify the system, three-tiered response levels were introduced to locally manage the spread of the coronavirus. These new regulations came into force in England on 14 October 2020, creating a three-tier system of restrictions to address local outbreaks of coronavirus. These regulations were made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45C(1), (3)(c), (4)(b), (4)(d), 45F(2) and 45P of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.
Government guidance on face coverings lists the indoor settings where face coverings must be worn in England. These include premises providing personal care and beauty treatments.
The guidance for close contact services specifies that those providing a close contact service must wear a clear visor or goggles
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