Co-op Funeralcare outlines plans on face coverings

Central England Co-op has outlined its plans for in-store face coverings in its funeral businesses, as the retailer continues to lead the way on safety measures during these “uncertain times”.

The retailer, which has over 400 food stores and funeral homes across 16 counties, is asking customers to follow government guidance and wear a face covering when visiting one of its businesses.

It announced that all colleagues will wear a face covering or visor while at work to ensure “everyone plays their part in staying safe and healthy”.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said: “Nothing is more important to us all at Central England Cooperative than the health and safety of our colleagues and customers.

“Ahead of the official start date of the 24 July for customers to wear face coverings in shops, we will be asking colleagues to do so from today (Monday 20). This is to ensure the message is as clear and consistent as possible for everyone.”

She added: “Our colleagues have all been supplied with face masks for when they are working and will be playing their part in helping our communities to stay safe. 

“We want our colleagues to feel comfortable wearing a face covering for up to eight hours at a time, and so are also ensuring more comfortable face visors are available to those who prefer to wear one.”

Robinson concluded: “So we now ask all of our customers to wear a face covering so we know together we’re co-operating in our efforts to be safe.”

The news comes as funeral directors from Central England Co-operative have revealed some “unique” ways they are still able to help families say goodbye to their loved ones during these uncertain times.

Despite any difficulties, Central Co-op said its funeral colleagues have been helping families overcome any restrictions by ensuring bespoke and personal farewells have still been able to take place.

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