The use of Face Coverings at LCBT
Cloth face coverings, cloth face masks, surgical masks and plastic face shields or visors (collectively referred to as ‘Masks’) can limit the spread of germs.
The purpose of wearing a mask is to contain coughs and sneezes, and to prevent the spread of germs to people and nearby surfaces, which helps to protect the risk of infection transmission. Masks can also help people to avoid touching their nose or mouth accidentally. While a face covering does not filter the air breather, it can serve as a basic barrier against large droplets reaching the mouth or nose. ‘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.’ (gov.uk guidance)
Even those who feel at low risk may be working or learning with others who have hidden medical issues or concerns. Sensitivity and respect should be display by all when discussing or challenging the use of face coverings.
Anyone working or studying on-site including staff, students, contractors and visitors are required to wear a face covering in communal areas and when receiving or providing treatments, with the aim of reducing risk and providing increased reassurance to everyone including those who may be most vulnerable to serious illness.
Anyone entering LCBT premises will be issued with a face mask by reception staff if they have not already got one. The mask should be worn in all corridors, public spaces and common areas, as well as office spaces where multiple people are present if social distancing of 2 meter plus is not possible to maintain.
However, learners and visitors should be mindful that face coverings are required to travel on public transport and in shops in the area.
- Masks are not required to be worn inside an office where only one person is present, or when sat at a desk, where there is a 2 metre social distance.
- The terms ‘public spaces’ and ‘common spaces’ include, public rest areas, lifts, toilets, stairwells and communal workspaces.
- Masks are also encouraged outdoors if safe social distancing practices are not possible.
Learners are required to wear a face covering if they are sat within 2 meters of another learner in all lessons and when watching practical demonstrations. Each lecturer will be responsible for using their professional judgement when determining what is appropriate for their class(es). They may, should they choose to do so, require student to use a face covering. This decision will be informed by the class layout and nature and content of the lesson, the context in which learning is taking place (eg the ability to socially distance) and the preferences/needs of those involved should also be considered. All learners will be required to wear face coverings when performing and receiving treatments.
As we are a Beauty college we need to replicate the standards of the Beauty industry, for this reason we cannot permit exemptions to wearing a face covering whilst in LCBT. This means that everyone will be expected to wear a face covering when in a communal area of the college and when delivering or receiving a treatment.
It is recognised that the use of face coverings in theory classrooms may impede communication and/or learning, in this instance we will mitigate where possible depending on the concern or needs of the student. Where a learner has a concern or query we will consider all avenues to support them. Examples of mitigations include:
- Wearing of a visor in common areas
- Provide lift passes for those who find that using the stairs when wearing a face covering is difficult.
Anyone who is not wearing a face covering and refuses to do so will be given a disciplinary which could result in them being withdrawn for their course.
It should be noted that masks are a supplement to, and not a substituted for other preventative measures. They are intended to add an additional layer of protection on top of the social distancing and other measures such as frequent handwashing, the use of hand sanitizer, working and/or conducting activities remotely, the avoidance of loitering and chatting in communal areas / corridors. Stairwells and staying at home when experience any symptoms of Coronavirus.
In order to mitigate the effects of mask wearing, the college has chosen to reduce the hours that learners are required attend, increase the number of breaks and stagger start and end times.
This guidance will be regularly reviewed in line with Government and Public Health guidance.
Current government guidance can be found here: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Please see our user guide to wearing a face mask - Click HERE.