Face covering needed in all South Tyneside council buildings from this weekend - here's why
Unless exempt due to an age, health or disability reason, Government guidance stipulates that it is now mandatory to wear a face covering in a number of shared indoor areas.
These locations include libraries, museums, community centres and places of worship.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council deputy leader with responsibility for independence and well-being, said: “Scientific evidence suggests that wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets and help protect those around you.
"It remains vitally important that we all continue to follow the public health guidance.
“At multi-purpose buildings such as Hebburn Central and Jarrow Focus, people will need to wear a covering when entering the building or using the library, but will be able to remove it when using the leisure facilities.
“At all other council buildings, residents will be asked to wear face coverings when they enter the building. This also applies to those attending funerals and weddings.
“I would encourage everyone to co-operate with our staff, who are following the guidance in helping to curb the spread of the virus.”
Staff working in council buildings will be exempt from wearing a face covering as workplace health and safety assessments have already been carried out and they are working in COVID-secure environments.