Tesco, Sainsbury’s and other supermarket chains have updated the advice for shoppers over wearing face masks as the rules across the country change.
From earlier this month, wearing a face mask became compulsory on public transport, with train and bus passengers urged to wear one.
Hospital visitors must also don one upon visits to their local wards, while British Transport Police man rail stations and platforms to remind Brits to wear coverings.
If they fail to, they could face fines – but what are the rules at your local supermarkets? Tesco has given its advice, alongside Sainsbury’s and Asda, two of its biggest rivals.
Aldi has also given its advice for customers attending its stores in the coming days and weeks as the coronavirus crisis leads to a gentle easing of the lockdown by the government.
Tesco is Britain’s biggest grocer, but has opted NOT to impose compulsory face masks for its customers or workers.
Instead, the supermarket chain – with stores across Birmingham – has told staff they can don one should they wish to.
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Regardless, Tesco have introduced a string of safety measures, including strict social distancing rules, with clear signage floor markings.
The retailer has also opted to prioritise vulnerable Brits, and rolled out extra delivery slots to boot.
Asda, similar to Tesco, has told us stores are complying with the government’s lockdown guidelines.
But, like Tesco, it is completely down to the discretion of each shopper as to whether they sport a face mask.
Asda staff in clinical settings (pharmacy and optical) have been required to wear masks since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.
And Asda has provided the gear for staff.
At Aldi, the bargain retailer with stores across Birmingham, it is also left up to the shopper.
But customers will find supermarket colleagues wearing gloves and behind Perspex clear screens at checkouts upon their next visit.
Staff who want to wear a face mask in a bid to feel safer while at work have been told by the retailer it will supply face masks and coverings.
A spokesperson said: “Masks are available for all our colleagues who wish to use them while they work or travel to their place of work.”