Face masks confiscated after trading standards raid

On 24 July, face coverings became compulsory in shops unless you are medically excused. As a result, the demand for face masks has increased.

Legislation requires that face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus must be safe and have instructions in English. They must have details of any precautions that need to be taken when wearing them, warnings in relation to particular groups at risk from using them and details of the manufacturer.

Two shops in Middlesbrough have had masks confiscated after a member of the public complained to trading standards. Trading standards found that the masks did not comply with legislation. It is not known if trading standards will take further action against the shops for this breach.

Our Regulatory Partner, James Lowe, is offering a free 1 hour consultation for any business contacted by the HSE or local authorities in respect of compliance issues relating to Covid 19. James can be contacted on 07833 240400.