Morrisons will ban customers not wearing a face mask from today onwards

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 13, 2021

Chains such as Tesco and Sainsbury's said safety remains their "highest priority" and that customers were given regular reminders to follow the rules.

"To protect our customers and colleagues, we won't let anyone into our stores who is not wearing a face covering, unless they are exempt in line with government guidance", she said.

Shoppers at Morrisons stores who refuse to wear a mask without a medical exemption will be told to leave stores from today.

It came as a police chief said officers will be on stand-by to help with dissenters who become "aggressive" in supermarkets.

It said if customers had forgotten a face covering, it would continue to offer them one free of charge.

It has also put in additional security in stores to manage the change in stance.

"But should a customer refuse to wear a covering without a valid medical reason and be in any way challenging to our colleagues about doing so - our security colleagues will refuse their entry", it said.

Waitrose is also following suit with marshals at entrances to offer disposable masks and deny entry to anyone refusing to comply.

The John Lewis Partnership also said face coverings would be mandatory at its Waitrose supermarkets.

It comes following concerns social distancing measures are not being adhered to in supermarkets.

Aldi said customers would no longer be permitted to enter stories without a face mask, unless they have a medical exemption, and they would be reminded to shop alone if possible.

Asked whether Co-op Food stores will take similar steps, chief executive Jo Whitfield said all customers "must take responsibility for wearing a face mask".

Enforcement of face coverings is the responsibility of the police, not retailers.

"In view of the rising tide of abuse and violence being directed at our store colleagues, we do not expect them to confront the small minority of customers who aggressively refuse to comply with the law", a spokesman added.

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