The health minister has revoked Northern Ireland's remaining Covid-19 restrictions, so rules that were formerly legally binding, such as wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces, are now guidance.
This means that while people are encouraged to follow restrictions, they will not face any punishment for not doing so.
However, individual businesses are still able to ask customers to follow certain rules.
In light of the changes to the legal restrictions; as a business we still remain to have a duty of care for the health and safety of our employees and customers.
We have decided to 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 whilst in the classroom setting and in our buildings.
This is in line with the current Public health Guidance which states;
𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸
COVID-19 is still circulating within the community. It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
We can all play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.
Following the guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others.
By making safer choices and following public health advice, you can help lower the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
𝗪𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴;
COVID-19 usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.
Although wearing a face covering is no longer a legal requirement, they are still strongly recommended when using indoor areas where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, such as health and social care settings or public transport.
By wearing a face covering you are showing your support and consideration for others and playing your part to prevent transmission of the virus.
𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱;
If you’re indoors, you should let fresh air in to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. The more fresh air you let into your home or other enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles. - 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺.
𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲;
You should try and keep a safe distance between you and anyone outside of your household.
The risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can. - 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴.
Contact with shared surfaces that are frequently touched can increase the risk of infection. - 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘱𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴
We would appreciate your support with the decision to continue to require face coverings whilst in our buildings.
We do recognise that this decision will not sit well with some individuals and we would ask them not to take their frustrations out on our staff. The rules are in place to help protect not just you as an individual but also the other people attending training courses.
Our staff are not here to take abuse from individuals because they refuse to wear a face covering for non medical reasons.
To the overwhelming majority of our customers we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have worn a face covering whilst attending training course and have continued to do so. Masks protect others as well as yourself, so while a calculated risk might be acceptable to you, it could be fatal for someone else.
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