The rules on face masks will be different in different UK countries from Monday.
From July 19, wearing face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement for people in England, with the government encouraging the public to use common sense. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “we expect and recommend” people continue to wear them in “crowded and enclosed spaces”.
These enclosed spaces include supermarkets, which has led major retailers to issue guidelines for shoppers and staff once face covers, as well as other social distancing rules are no longer mandatory in England.
Here’s a summary of Monday’s supermarket rules.
Tesco is asking customers and staff to be cautious and will therefore continue to require the two to wear face coverings in stores.
The “one-in, one-out” system will remain to limit the number of people in stores at all times, meaning the traffic light system at the entrance of Tesco Extra and the busiest Express branches, indicating to customers when it is safe to enter. , will remain in place.
Signs urging people to keep away from each other will also remain, as will separate entrances and exits, hand sanitizing stations in stores, cleaning supplies allowing customers to wipe down their carts or baskets. and protective screens at checkouts.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have worked to ensure that everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment. After listening to our customers and colleagues, we will continue to implement security measures in our stores; these include limiting the number of people in the store at any time, protective screens at each checkout, hand disinfection stations and regular cleaning.
“We ask our customers and colleagues to be careful, and therefore starting July 19, we will encourage our colleagues to wear face coverings while they work and will encourage our customers to do the same when shopping. with us. “
A number of measures will remain in place at Sainsbury’s stores after July 19.
Signs and tannoy messages should be used to encourage clients to continue to wear face coverings if possible. The company said staff will be encouraged to wear blankets except behind a screen, and management teams will wear one when they visit stores.
In a statement, Sainsbury’s said: “While wearing a face covering becomes a personal choice, the decision to ask everyone in stores to continue to wear a face covering if they can reflect the comments clients and colleagues where the majority of respondents want to keep the policy in place. “
Screens between self-service checkouts and the queue division will be phased out from stores in England, but will remain between staff and customers at checkouts.
Hand sanitizing stations will remain in all stores and Sainsbury’s will continue to deep clean carts and baskets, as well as deep clean overnight.
Asda is asking customers to follow government guidelines for face coverings starting July 19 by using signs and announcements in stores.
Free face coverings will also be available at the front of the branches for clients who wish, along with cleaning stations for trolleys and baskets. Hand sanitizer will also be available in all stores, while plexiglass screens and checkouts will also remain.
Customers in England will encourage customers and staff to follow government guidelines for wearing face coverings in crowded areas, as well as maintaining social distancing and using their own judgment. Free face coverings will also be offered to anyone who has forgotten theirs.
Protective screens and disinfection stations will also remain.
In Wales, wearing a face cover remains mandatory, while the two-meter rule will still apply. All customers and staff will be encouraged to follow these guidelines in our stores.
Like other supermarket chains, Aldi will continue to encourage customers and staff to wear face coverings in its UK stores.
A spokesperson said: “Other measures such as hand sanitizer and screens will also remain in place. Face masks are still required for customers and colleagues in our Welsh and Scottish stores, in accordance with the latest guidelines. “
Signs will be in place at Lidl stores, with the remaining people the government recommends wearing face coverings in crowded or indoor spaces. Plexiglas screens at checkouts and hand sanitizing stations will remain in place in all stores for the time being.
Face coverings remain mandatory in Welsh shops.
Even though masks are optional in England from July 19, signs will remain in M&S stores “highlighting government recommendations to wear them in occupied and enclosed spaces.”