Rules and regulations across Britain are changing as we learn more about the coronavirus in this pandemic. Supermarkets are adapting. These are the latest face mask rules.
According to the House of Lords, face masks may pose a risk to shoppers by altering customers’ behaviour.
The Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee report says: “The committee recognises that there are practical reasons for this difference in requirement to wear a face covering, (uncomfortable to wear for long periods on duty for example), but suggests it can reasonably be anticipated that difficulties may arise where staff in shops, who are not wearing face coverings, ask a member of the public to put one on.”
It claims to have fears about aggressive behaviour towards members of staff.
Regardless, all supermarkets are still asking customers to wear masks.
Tesco is asking customers to wear face masks. It has also come up with a clever way to get more customers wearing them.
As well as putting up plenty of signs to remind customers to wear a face covering, Tesco has announced it will be selling face masks on the door for those who need them.
Customers praised the action on Twitter, with one writing: “I’ve just been to Tesco…wearing a mask bought a week ago. There was an assistant at the entrance selling disposable masks so no excuse unless medically exempt.”
Another said: “Weird but reassuring to see nearly everyone masked up in Tesco.
“Also good to see they were handing them out at entrance and selling packs at a reasonable price. Strange when masks become part of your essentials but these are crazy times!”
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For anyone confused, Twitter has stated: “To help keep you and our colleagues safe in-store and reflect the latest government guidance, customers will be required to wear face coverings while shopping from Friday, 24 July.
“Face coverings will be available to purchase in-store and online (while stocks last).”
Popular supermarket Sainsbury’s is asking customers to wear the mask, but store workers will not be expected to enforce the rule.
The supermarket states on its website: “Please follow official guidelines for your local area and wear a face covering when shopping in our stores in England and Scotland.”
Discount supermarket Lidl, however, has taken a slightly different stance.
Although still asking customers to wear masks, it said: “Wearing a face covering is the responsibility of the individual and should only be enforced by police and council enforcement officers.
“The government have stipulated that shop workers should not refuse entry to customers that are not wearing a face covering.”
Supermarket home delivery services have adapted with the times too.
Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons updated delivery services to all include same day delivery.