In England, the law regarding wearing face coverings will change on Monday 19 July, with the end of the legal requirements to wear them in public spaces
The Government has said that it “expects and recommends” that shoppers continue to wear face coverings, but there will no longer be a legal requirement to do so.
A number of companies have since announced that they will be asking the public to continue to wear face coverings. Businesses and travel operators are able to set their own rules and regulations for customers and passengers regarding face masks.
Sainsbury's Chief Executive Simon Roberts said: “As we respond to the recent change in government guidance, we know that safety is still top of mind for many of our colleagues and customers. Our colleagues’ safety is vital and many of our colleagues would feel more comfortable if those who can wear face coverings continue to wear them. We’re asking everyone to be considerate and, while we understand wearing a face covering will now be a personal choice, we want to ensure we best support and protect each other in the weeks and months ahead.” Photo: Leon Neal
A Tesco spokesperson said that anyone working or shopping in Tesco will be encouraged to wear a mask, which they said was to “be on the safe side”. They added: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have focused on ensuring everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment. Having listened to our customers and colleagues, we will continue to have safety measures in place in our stores; these include limiting the number of people in store at any time, protective screens at every checkout, hand sanitiser stations and regular cleaning." Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
A Lidl spokesperson said: "Although no longer legally required, the Government recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded or indoor spaces and we will have signage in place at store entrances reminding our customers of this." Photo: TOLGA AKMEN
An Aldi spokesperson said: “From Monday July 19 we'll continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when they're in store. Other measures like hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place. Face masks are still required for customers and colleagues in our Welsh and Scottish stores, in line with the latest guidance.” Photo: Dan Kitwood