THE BBC is ordering all its staff to wear Covid alarms in the office which will beep if they get closer than two metres to someone.
Workers are meant to wear the pager-like buzzers on their belts or in their pockets.
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BBC staff are being asked to wear Covid alarms to help maintain social distancingCredit: PA:Press Association
They will then be buzzed if the devices can sense they have breached social distancing rules.
In a memo sent to staff and seen by The Sun, the Corporation said all its staff “will be asked to wear the devices” if they go into any of the BBC’s offices.
They will be “rolled out to key locations” to help the BBC’s army of staff to stick to social distancing rules, the email said.
The Corporation is also splashing out vast sums of licence-fee money to pay for weekly Covid tests for staffers still heading into work.
Staffers heading into the office regularly for four or more days a week will get two tests every week to detect whether they are secretly carrying Covid.
BBC bosses declined to tell The Sun how much the alarms or the tests would cost.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will wonder why BBC staff need high-tech tags for social distancing.
“Everyone else is expected to use common sense to keep within the covid rules.
“The Beeb needs to be careful to keep these costs under control.”
A BBC spokesman said: “The vast majority of BBC staff continue to work as they have over recent months, either working remotely or in an office location if they are in service critical roles.
“For those in a BBC building, we’ve been following COVID-secure workplace guidelines throughout the pandemic.
“We continue to adhere to the two metres rule and we are rolling out social distancing proximity devices to support our staff in maintaining safe social distancing at all times.”
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