Public ‘should be told to consider face masks in some outdoor spaces’
Drawn up on January 13 and endorsed by Sage the next day, it says face coverings should also be considered in corridors and communal areas of workplaces to prevent the spread of the Kent variant, which may be up to 70 per cent more infectious.
It also says workplaces that cannot fully enforce social distancing should consider other strategies to protect workers, such as “bubbling” groups together, offering regular testing and providing more support to workers to ensure they isolate.
It adds that the benefit of face coverings in blocking transmission is difficult to quantify, with estimates ranging from seven to 45 per cent. Studies have found it difficult to distinguish between the effect of face coverings compared to other interventions used at the same time, such as the…