CONCERNS have been raised about chefs at a fast-food takeaway, who were alleged to have flouted Covid-19 rules by not wearing face masks.

A post shared on Spotted: Wantage, Grove and surrounding villages community group on Facebook raised questions about hygiene measures at Caprinos Pizza in Wantage.

One anonymous user claimed they visited the popular pizzeria on Wallingford Street on Friday and insisted they noticed that staff behind the counters were not wearing face coverings.

The concerned local wrote: "I went to Caprinos in Wantage where I had to cancel my order due to staff members not wearing face masks whilst they preparing the food.

"I spoke to the female manager and pointed out the staff members, she spoke to them out the back.

"She then came and apologised to me.

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"I saw the staff members return to their stations still not wearing masks or washing their hands."

New Covid-19 laws set by the Government confirm that staff and customers of venues that provide food and drink will be required to wear a face covering, unless they have an exemption.

Employers must also ensure that all workers wear face coverings in areas that are open to the public and where they come or are likely to come within close contact with members of the public.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed it is 'very unlikely; that Covid-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging.

However, it also said that as a matter of good hygiene practice, staff should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Caprinos Pizza, which has another branch in Didcot, in Wantage has been contacted for a comment on the allegations.