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Face Coverings Mandatory in Library - with Immediate Effect

Author: Louise O'Shea
Categories: Mask Covid19 Face Covering
When: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 18:15

As per the latest Government guidelines When to wear face coverings and how to make them’ (Last updated 11 August 2020) and the publication of Statutory Instrument No. 296

 

face coverings in all library areas will be mandatory for all library users (for the duration of their stay in the library), with immediate effect

 

Library users will not be granted access to the library if they are not wearing a suitable face covering, unless they can provide an acceptable reason as outlined in the regulation:

 

Reasonable excuse

Without prejudice to the generality of what constitutes reasonable excuse for the purposes of Regulation

  • (a) a person has reasonable excuse if - (a) the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering - (i) because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability, or (ii) without severe distress,

  • (b) the person needs to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise),

  • (c) the person removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person,

  • (d) the person removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury,

  • (e) the person removes the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication,

  • (f) the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to enable him or her to ascertain the person’s age by reference to photographic identification for the purposes of the sale of goods or services in respect of which there is a minimum age requirement or where the responsible person, or worker, has lawful authority to verify the person’s identity, or

  • (g) the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to assist the responsible person or worker to provide him or her with healthcare or healthcare advice.

 

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