Latest rules for face masks at Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Tesco of Sainsbury, M&S and more


Do you have to wear a mask in a supermarket?

The answer is: not necessarily, but wear one if you want.

According to government advice, you should only wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.

Due to the measures taken in supermarkets to reduce crowds and maintain space, it is possible – and otherwise this store should not be opened under lock-out rules.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to wear it just to be safe.

Face masks and blankets worn by members of the public to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Face masks and blankets worn by members of the public to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

The British Trade Consortium, a British trade association, has issued a statement outlining what stores should expect from customers.

“Retailers don’t require customers to wear face covers in stores.”

“Government directives state that people should” wear a face covering in confined spaces where social distancing is not always possible and come into contact with others they do not normally meet “.

“Stores can only open if they apply social distancing measures, which has been the case in thousands of stores that have remained open. “

Here’s what supermarket chains say about the idea, according to KentLive.


Aldi said it is up to the individual customer to decide whether or not to wear a face covering, but they are available to staff.

A spokesperson said, “Following government directives, face masks are provided to colleagues if they wish. “


A spokesperson said, “The use of face covers is not mandatory in our stores as we continue to follow government guidelines and encourage stringent social distancing in our stores.

“We have introduced floor markers and we have closed certain points of sale to promote safety distances and we limit the number of customers in stores during peak hours.

“These measures, combined with good hygiene and the installation of sneeze protection screens at checkouts, are means of ensuring the safety of our customers and colleagues.

“Face covers are available for our frontline colleagues.”


Lidl says they have introduced visors and face masks for staff working in the workshop, if they wish.

Asked about their customer policy, Lidl referred to the above statement from the British Retail Consortium.



Tesco says they have followed government directives closely and that the safety of staff and customers is their top priority.

Stressing that face masks should be worn in closed places where social distancing is not possible, they said they have implemented a range of social distancing measures in their stores to ensure that everyone can maintain safety distance.

They say that staff have access to masks, gloves and visors if they choose to wear them.


Marks & Spencer says it’s the client’s individual choice whether or not to wear a face cover.

Staff members can choose whether or not to wear a visor, which has been available since early April.


When asked about their position vis-à-vis customers wearing face covers, Sainsbury’s referred to the statement by the British Retail Consortium.

A spokesperson said, “Masks are available for all of our colleagues who wish to use them while they are working or commuting to work. “

Staff members can also wear their own masks or blankets if they wish.


Iceland says it has made face masks available to all of its store colleagues who want to wear one, but it’s up to them to decide if they want to.

For their customer policy, they referred to the British Retail Consortium statement.


Asda says it’s up to customers to decide whether or not to wear a face mask.

A spokesperson said, “We follow all government directives and welcome customers with and without face masks.

“Our colleagues are all able to wear face masks that we have provided and colleagues in clinical settings (pharmacy and optics) have been required to wear masks since the start of the pandemic in accordance with government guidelines on clinical workers. “


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