Earlier this month, Boris Johnson introduced a shift in lockdown guidelines for folks in England.
As a part of the brand new steerage that was launched within the doc, the federal government suggested that each one consumers ought to attempt to put on face masks when visiting the supermarkets.
Following the discharge of the doc, the British Commerce Consortium, a UK commerce affiliation, issued an announcement with its interpretation of the steerage.
Andrew Opie, director of meals & sustainability on the BRC stated: “Retailers don’t require prospects to put on face coverings in-store.
“Authorities steerage states that folks ought to “put on a face protecting in enclosed areas the place social distancing will not be at all times attainable and so they come into contact with others that they don’t usually meet”.
“Retailers can solely open in the event that they implement social distancing measures, which has been the case in 1000’s of shops who’ve stayed open.”
Whereas supermarkets have launched social distancing measures like staggered entry, one-one stream programs and informational indicators, there isn’t a assure each buyer will comply with the steerage and at all times keep a secure distance from others.
In mild of this, KentLive requested main supermarkets for his or her view on face coverings for his or her workers and prospects.
Asda says it’s a matter for purchasers to determine whether or not or to not put on a face masks.
A spokesman stated: “We’re complying with all Authorities tips and we welcome prospects carrying face masks or not.
“Our colleagues all have the choice of carrying face masks which we now have equipped and the colleagues in scientific settings (pharmacy and optical) have been required to put on masks for the reason that begin of the pandemic as per the federal government tips on scientific employees.”
Aldi has stated it’s as much as the person buyer to determine whether or not or to not put on a face protecting however they’re obtainable for employees.
A spokesman stated: “In step with authorities steerage, face masks are being offered for colleagues to put on in the event that they select to”.
Tesco says they’ve been carefully following the Authorities steerage and that workers and buyer security is their prime precedence.
Highlighting the steerage that face masks needs to be worn in enclosed locations the place social distancing is not attainable, they stated they’ve carried out a variety of social distancing measures of their shops to make sure everybody can keep a secure distance.
They are saying workers have entry to face masks, gloves and face visors in the event that they select to put on them.
Marks & Spencer says it’s a buyer’s particular person selection in the event that they put on a face protecting or not.
Members of workers can select whether or not or to not put on a face visor, which have reportedly been obtainable for the reason that starting of April.
Requested about their place on prospects carrying face coverings, Sainsbury’s referred to the British Retail Consortium assertion.
A spokesman stated: “Masks can be found for all our colleagues who want to use them whereas they work or journey to their administrative center.”
Employees members may put on their very own face masks or coverings in the event that they select to.
Iceland says they’ve made face masks obtainable for all retailer colleagues who wish to put on one however it’s as much as them whether or not they want to take action.
For his or her coverage for purchasers, they referred to the assertion from the British Retail Consortium.
A spokesman stated: “Using face coverings will not be obligatory in our shops as we proceed to comply with authorities steerage and encourage rigorous social-distancing measures in our shops.
“We have launched flooring markers and we’ve closed some until factors to assist encourage secure distances and we’re limiting the variety of prospects in shops at busy occasions.
“These measures together with good hygiene and the implementation of protecting ‘sneeze’ screens at checkouts, are methods we are able to preserve our prospects and colleagues secure.
“Face coverings can be found to our frontline colleagues.”
Lidl says they’ve launched face visors and masks for employees engaged on the store flooring to make use of, ought to they need.
Requested about their coverage for purchasers, Lidl referred to the above assertion from the British Retail Consortium.