LONDON (Reuters) – Tesco, Asda and Waitrose will not allow shoppers to enter their stores unless they are wearing a face cover, British supermarket groups said Tuesday, joining rivals Sainsbury’s and Morrisons who changed policy on the day. before.
With the number of COVID-19 infections soaring, the UK government has expressed concern over the spread of the virus in supermarkets, with some people breaking the rules by not wearing masks while shopping.
Non-essential retail, restaurants and bars are closed across Britain, leading to a high level of demand from supermarkets and other grocery stores.
“To protect our customers and colleagues, we will not allow anyone to enter our stores who are not wearing a face cover, unless exempted in line with government directions,” the leader said in a statement. Tesco market.
“Our colleagues are working hard in difficult circumstances to make sure everyone can get what they need and we ask everyone to be kind, patient and respectful as we all work to protect each other.”
Tesco said it was also asking customers to shop on their own, unless they are a caregiver or with children.
It also made additional security available in stores to handle the change of location.
Asda has released a similar statement. He said if customers forgot a face cover, he would continue to offer one for free.
“But if a client refuses to wear a cover without a valid medical reason and is somehow challenging for our colleagues to do so, our security colleagues will refuse their entry,” he said.
The John Lewis Partnership also said face liners will be mandatory in its Waitrose supermarkets.
The British Retail Consortium, which represents more than 170 large retailers, including large supermarket groups, said Monday it was the police’s responsibility to apply face covers and asked for their support.
Reporting by James Davey. Editing by Costas Pitas and Mark Potter