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Risk assessment for mask wearing in supermarkets

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Dear National Institute for Health Protection,

If you do not hold this information, I would be grateful if you could direct me to where I can find it, please.

I would like a copy of the risk assessment supermarkets and other shops have completed regarding customers wearing masks.

There is evidence that masks are harmful and do little to prevent the spread of infection. Therefore I would like evidence that by following government guidelines, supermarkets are not endangering the health of their customers.

Masks are a "medical intervention" and should be treated as such.

I look forward to your response

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Jane Westover

FOI, National Institute for Health Protection

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Dear Jane Westover

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[email address]
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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