MCDONALD customers have been urged to leave so as not to wear masks as the new rules come into effect today.
Customers were pictured this morning leaving the Chelmsford restaurant as confusion persists over the new rules on where and when a face mask is required.
From today people will have to wear face masks in shops and supermarkets – and anyone who refuses to do so can be fined up to £ 100.
McDonald’s has said take-out customers will need to wear headwear, but those who eat in restaurants will not, unless they move around the premises to use the restroom or when they are on control screens for example.
A photo of a McDonald’s in Chelmsford, Essex shows a member of staff talking to a customer – who is not wearing a mask – as he sits at a table.
Other images show customers being turned away after entering the restaurant without a mask.
However, many supermarkets and cafes have already said they will not apply the new measures.
Asda, Sainsbury’s and Costa Coffee have said it is not their responsibility to “control” customers.
Sainsbury’s said while asking everyone to continue to ‘play their part’ in helping to keep buyers safe by following the rules, ‘our colleagues will not be responsible for their enforcement’.
Asda said it “will strongly encourage customers to wear a face mask,” but added, “It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to monitor and enforce the new rules. ”
Costa Coffee said this “would not challenge customers who walk into our stores without a mask because they may have a legitimate reason why they cannot wear one.”
Tesco will sell face coverings at the entrance and Waitrose said staff will be at the gates to remind customers of the requirement.
But customers will be “required” to wear a Greggs face mask.
To add to the confusion, some police forces have also said they will not enforce the wearing of masks in stores.
Devon and Cornwall Police have become the first force in the UK to admit officers will not answer calls about shoppers refusing to wear masks.
Thames Valley Police have also announced the same.
And Met chief Dame Cressida Dick said she hoped people would be “ashamed” of wearing headwear rather than having to pay a fine.
She said cops would only intervene “as a last resort” or if customers became “aggressive”.
The prime minister’s spokesman said shopkeepers should only “escalate” matters to the police if customers refuse to wear a mask or leave their store.
He added: “The overwhelming majority of the public can be trusted to follow the rules without any enforcement action being necessary.”
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Wearing a mask in public transport is already compulsory for travelers since June 15, 2020.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: « In accordance with government guidelines in England, take-out customers are required to wear a face mask at all times in our restaurants.
“Also in accordance with the instructions, restaurant patrons can go directly to a table and order using the My McDonald’s app without a face mask, but must wear one if they move around the restaurant – for example by using the automatic order screens, ordering at the counter or if you use the restroom. ”
FACE MASKS POLICIES IN MAJOR SUPERMARKETS
Asda strongly encourage clients to wear a face mask, but staff will not be monitoring clients.
Sainsbury’s staff will not challenge anyone without a mask in the store.
Tesco says customers will be required to wear face masks when shopping, but people won’t be denied entry without one.
Aldi customers will need to wear a face mask to enter any store starting July 24.
Waitrose says it’s not up to supermarkets to enforce the wearing of headgear, but that staff will be at store entrances to remind shoppers of the new laws.
Lidl buyers will not be turned down for not wearing a blanket as the supermarket says it is the responsibility of the individual.
Cooperative staff will also not impose the new rules on shoppers, as the supermarket says it is up to the police to enforce them.
Marks & Spencer staff will not enforce face masks, but will attend to store entrances to provide polite reminders and encouragement to do so.
Iceland says he trusts customers to adhere to the rules regarding mandatory headgear and to shop in a safe and responsible manner, so he won’t deny entry to those who don’t wear mask.