Tesco and John Lewis have joined Waterstones and Sainsbury’s in recommending that customers and staff continue to wear face masks in their stores in England beyond July 19 despite a relaxation of mandatory security measures related to Covid-19.
A Tesco spokesperson said he was asking customers and staff to “be on the safe side” and “encourage” them to wear masks. The company added that other measures such as limiting the number of customers in stores and separate entrances and exits would also be maintained.
In Scotland and Wales, legislation still requires buyers and staff to wear masks, unless otherwise specified.
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 sanitizing stations and regular cleaning.
John Lewis said that while he recommended wearing a face covering, “the decision to do it or not, in our stores [in England], will belong to each one, according to his own judgment ”.
The company said it would keep screens in front of checkouts, hand sanitizing stations and store cleaning measures that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.
From July 19, it will no longer be mandatory for people to wear masks in stores in England. However, the government has said it “expects and recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in confined and crowded spaces.”
Companies must also conduct health and safety risk assessments, ensure adequate ventilation, and refuse people with symptoms of coronavirus.
Many companies should continue with at least some of the existing measures because of their duty to staff safety and because most customers say they feel more secure when shopping with masks and masks. other precautions in place.