Under the new law, groups of six are allowed to enter stores together – this follows more than a year of people being asked to shop on their own, Manchester Evening News reports.
In the past 12 months, many supermarkets have introduced traffic light systems and a mandatory face shield.
Now, many store rules are changing, but they each have their own system in place.
Here are the latest rules for shopping in supermarkets:
ASDA has issued a number of updates since the start of the pandemic, including making face masks mandatory and adding “security guards” to its doors to remind buyers of government guidelines.
Among the rules are also:
- Additional hand disinfection stations
- Antimicrobial handles
- Social distancing measures
- Hygiene measures, including the use of a disinfectant spray and increased cleaning in high traffic areas
- Plexiglas screens at checkouts and kiosks
- Scan & Go – To help reduce in-store contact, Asda has also rolled out the “Scan and Go” mobile to all of its supermarkets, supermarkets and supercenters. Customers can use their own device to scan their purchases and pack their bags as they go.
- Contactless Payments – The amount of the contactless credit and debit card payment limit has now been increased to £ 45
Lidl’s website states: “Wearing a face mask in our stores is mandatory in Scotland, England and Wales, in accordance with government regulations, to ensure everyone’s safety.
“A member of security can remind customers of the obligation to wear a face mask in our stores. However, we understand that some customers are exempt.
“Did you forget your mask?” Don’t worry, these are available to pick up at the entrance to our stores and then purchase at the cashier when you are done shopping.
“As a reminder, when purchasing age-restricted products, colleagues in the store may ask you to temporarily remove your face mask to verify your age.
“While we always urge customers to use the tongs provided at our bakery, as a temporary measure, you will also notice that there are disposable gloves that you can use to safely wrap loose items yourself. We continue to monitor this area of our store and will change the way we do things if necessary.
“We have increased the contactless payment limit in all of our stores from £ 30 to £ 45.
“Please pay securely with contactless whenever possible, or with card payments for transactions over £ 45.
“We have installed cough and sneeze screens at each of our checkouts, to help protect both our in-store teams and you, our customers.
“The next time you shop with us, you will notice that we have set up cart and basket cleaning stations, as well as antiviral sanitizer and hand sanitizer to sanitize your hands.
“We kindly ask you to clean your basket or cart before starting your store. This will help us to make sure you and our team members are as safe as possible. “
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Tesco encouraged customers to buy one person per cart to limit the number of in-store shoppers.
The supermarket has also asked customers to only shop when they need it.
In a statement, Tesco said: “Please shop on your own unless you are a caregiver or with children.
“We also encourage you to only shop when you need it, following government guidelines for staying at home. “
Aldi stores have social distancing measures in place and always ask customers to shop on their own if possible.
The supermarket said earlier this year: “We encourage all customers to try and reduce the number of family members they bring with them to our stores.”
Aldi’s stance on this rule has not changed although non-essential stores have now reopened in England and Wales.
Children are allowed to shop with their parents or guardians.
Sainsbury’s also has measures in place to limit the number of customers entering the store.
Like Tesco, he encouraged shoppers to shop on their own, saying, “To help manage the number of customers in our stores, you have to shop yourself. “
The supermarket added that it “will challenge customers who shop in groups.”
Customers should always wear headwear when entering Sainsbury’s and any other supermarket.
Morrisons announced earlier this month that it would make sure its stores “don’t get too busy.”
Like other supermarkets, the retailer has encouraged customers to shop “with as few people as possible” and to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.