Waitrose latest supermarket to enforce masks joining Sainsbury’s and Morrisons

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Waitrose will be putting marshalls at the front of all its shops to make sure rules are followed. They will hand out disposable masks, but those who refuse and are not medically exempt will be denied entrance.

Sainsbury’s outline their latest coronavirus guidelines

Waitrose is also ensuring all its staff wear masks, even when behind screens.

Waitrose’s executive director of operations Andrew Murphy said: “We are acutely aware the country is at a critical point in the pandemic and are constantly thinking about how best the Partnership and our Partners can play our part in limiting the spread and impact of the virus.

“We’ve listened carefully to the clear change in tone and emphasis of the views and information shared by the UK’s governments in recent days.

“While we recognise the detail of formal guidance has not changed, we feel it is right for us – and in the best interests of our Partners and customers – to take proactive steps to further enhance our Covid security and related operational policies.

“By insisting on the wearing of face coverings, over and above the social distancing measures we already have in place, we aim to make our shops even safer for customers.”

Last night Tesco and Asda announced they would refuse entry to shoppers without a face mask, too.

The supermarket giant has released a statement explaining it will not let shoppers in unless they are wearing a face covering.

It read: “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.

“We are also asking our customers to shop alone, unless they’re a carer or with children.

“To support our colleagues, we will have additional security in stores to help manage this.”

An Asda spokesperson said: “If a customer has forgotten their face covering, we will continue to offer them one free of charge.

“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.”

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