Delivery drivers reminded they must follow the rules

AS THE island began moving again yesterday, the States wasted little time in warning delivery drivers they needed to wear masks.

A mask-wearing Civil Contingencies Authority chairman Deputy Peter Ferbrache on the day lockdown was announced.(29268183)
A mask-wearing Civil Contingencies Authority chairman Deputy Peter Ferbrache on the day lockdown was announced.(29268183)

It followed a similar message from Civil Contingencies Authority chairman Peter Ferbrache on Friday, when there was an announcement that face covering rules were likely to be in place for ‘some time’.

‘It is expected there will be a significant increase in deliveries as more businesses resume operating, always in a non-customer-facing way,’ a States spokesman said yesterday morning.

‘Delivery drivers are being reminded that they must, under the rules for stage one, wear gloves, socially distance and follow all hygiene guidelines.

‘Deliveries must also be undertaken by only one person. Goods must be left on the doorstep or outside, with no direct customer interaction.

‘Delivery drivers are also strongly recommended to wear face coverings.

‘All businesses that are intending to resume trading in stage one are again reminded to fill in the notification form declaring their intention to operate, if they have not already done so, and to carefully check the guidance to ensure they understand the requirements for trading safely.’

On Friday, Deputy Ferbrache said: ‘I took my dog, Charlie, out for a walk this morning and I saw three separate delivery drivers, none of whom had a mask on or were wearing gloves.

‘I thought how silly, those people don’t know that when they go to put the parcel on the doorstep that just coincidentally that someone will not open the door and they will be in face-to-face contact.

‘Whatever the research, the view that we take at the moment is they should be worn in those circumstances, so I take this opportunity to ask delivery drivers to wear masks and gloves.’

The States has also been keen to promote a message thanking every islander, worker and volunteer across the Bailiwick ‘because you all deserve it’ and wished all those returning to work the best of luck.

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