Since the coronavirus pandemic led to a lockdown, supermarkets have asked shoppers to wear masks to protect staff and fellow customers and have placed limits on the number of people who can be in stores at any one time.
Over the summer, most queues outside supermarkets disappeared as panic shopping subsided, but there are still regulations to follow.
Not all supermarkets will challenge customers who don’t wear a mask, as many people are exempt for health reasons. Children under 11 don’t need to wear them either, although they can if they choose.
It is essentially up to buyers to be responsible, to obey the rules and not to take advantage of the goodwill towards those who are exempt.
Here we take a look at the latest supermarket facial coverage rules for Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory at Aldi, unless you have an exemption for health reasons. But those who do not wear them will not be stopped by the staff.
A spokesperson for Aldi told Manchester Evening News: “Customers are encouraged to adhere to the government’s face mask guidelines but, like other retailers, our colleagues are unable to enforce these guidelines. rules. “
Customers are always encouraged to stay two meters apart (versus 1 meter) in Asda supermarkets. Buyers are also advised to wear masks, but Asda staff will not enforce the rules themselves.
A spokesperson for Asda said: “Throughout the pandemic, our customers have adopted many new rules to keep everyone safe in our stores, and we are confident that they will continue to demonstrate care and consideration for each other by wearing a face mask when visiting our stores. .
“We also have signs at the entrance to the store and around the edges of the shelves to encourage customers to wear a face mask and we use Asda FM (our in-store radio) to remind customers more.
“While we do everything we can to strongly encourage customers to adhere to the new guidelines, the responsibility for policing and enforcement lies with the appropriate authorities.
Lidl also requires customers to wear masks, other than those who have a good reason not to. Don’t expect staff to stop clients who are not wearing face masks.
In a tweet to customers, Lidl UK said: “Wearing a face mask is the responsibility of the individual and should only be enforced by police and council officers. ”
“The government has stipulated that store workers should not refuse entry to customers who do not wear face masks. “
Buyers who forget to bring a face mask are offered free face covers from Morrisons, when available. The supermarket has also put up signs to remind customers of directions, but it will not be monitoring them.
People with “hidden disabilities” that exempt them from wearing masks are also offered cords at the supermarket.
The supermarket chain has said it will not “challenge” those who break the rules because some people may have disabilities that prevent them from wearing one.
In a tweet, Sainsbury’s said: “We will not challenge customers without a mask when entering or when they are in a store because they may have a reason not to wear a mask. “
Customers must wear masks, but Tesco staff will not force buyers to wear one, in case they have a good reason not to.
Those who forget can buy masks at the entrance of each store.