Justice ministry orders Serco and other security firms to wear masks after complaints as infections rise rapidly

Escort and security officers working for Serco and other firms have been told to wear face masks in courts and cells amid complaints about inadequate social distancing in the criminal justice system.

The abrupt policy change, which comes into force on Monday, has been imposed by the Ministry of Justice on the outsourcing company, which also runs a widely criticised contact-tracing service for the government that is supposed to limit the spread of coronavirus infections.

Jailers in cells at Liverpool court test positive. This will add to the trial backlog. Mandatory mask- wearing for security at court might help? (Not just in the dock in court - but downstairs.) https://t.co/FLPTWOVmSi

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