But for many, wearing them on their outings suggests that this is the beginning of the new normal.
This new obligation was imposed by the costly fine of £ 100 imposed by the government on anyone not wearing proper coatings in small shops and supermarkets.
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To get a feel for what purchases would look like after July 24, we visited five Kent supermarkets while wearing a mask to see how it was and how many people were wearing them.
The first supermarket we visited was Canterbury’s Morrison.
During the isolation, the supermarket has built a reputation for innovation with the launch of its food parcel line and fast queues, so I was expecting good things.
I securely attached my mask to my face and walked into the store, in front of the security guards who wore no masks, in front of the checkout staff who wore no masks, in front of the Market Street staff who wore no masks no masks.
You get the picture – I haven’t seen a single staff member wearing a mask.
On the other hand, I could see that many customers had taken precautions and were shopping with a cloth around their mouth.
I’m not saying that not a single Morrisons staff member wore a face mask, but if you can shop around and see no evidence, it’s not a good look.
The next supermarket I visited was Sainsbury’s and after the Morrisons debacle, I was hoping for improvements.
I entered directly without having to wait, which was a first since the lock began, but that’s about where the good news ended.
Like their Bradford Morrisons counterpart, Sainsbury’s was well stocked with every imaginable item except face masks.
To make matters worse, it was not only the staff who wore them, but the other customers.
I was thankful for my facial mask because I was constantly frowning.
Asda is one of the largest supermarkets in Canterbury that offers comfort in the event of a pandemic, but as we all know, this virus can spread everywhere.
At this point, I was tired of feeling my own breath and I really wanted to see an effort from my fellow citizens.
I was not deceived.
Despite the size of the warehouse, everywhere I looked, people were in PPE.
Whether they buy meat or browse magazines, there was a real sign that people “remained vigilant”.
Well done Asda and well done everyone.
The next port of call for this tired vessel was Tesco, which was in a disturbing situation this week after abandoning its one-way system store arrangements.
The move made some customers unsafe, reports MyLondon.
A customer posted on Twitter, telling Tesco it was “absolutely amazed that you decided to remove the one-way system from your store.”
Obviously, I can’t speak on behalf of this customer, but what I can talk about are face masks and, unfortunately, it was thin choices again at Ramsgate supermarket.
If you’re going to remove the one-way system during a pandemic, that’s fine.
But it would be nice if customers could react accordingly.
We did not come out of the woods, but I hasten to remind you.
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The last stop on my supermarket odyssey was Aldi, who had set up an ingenious system of traffic lights to enter the store.
Once the green signal, I temporarily made my way inside.
The problem I find with Aldi stores in the era of social distancing is that their arrangement makes social distance impossible or interminable.
As they are arranged in a rectangle, you travel at a terminal pace or cut across the aisles and trample on the one-way system.
Finally, I bit the bullet and went down the frozen aisle to get a glimpse of my fellow clients.
There was no mask to see.
Personally, July 24 cannot arrive early enough.