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As//when information changes, i'll update as soon as possible.Exemptions to wearing a face mask
Not everyone has to wear a face covering.
If you have a legitimate reason not to wear one, you can be exempted from the new rules.
There are a variety of reasons for face covering exemptions, including:
Children under the age of 11
People unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (see footer of thread for more info)
If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
To avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
To eat or drink, but only if you need to
To take medication
If a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked, which include:
If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communicationSource
The German discounter said in line with government guidance, face masks will be mandatory
in all stores from July 24.
The chain, which has also introduced a new traffic light system to manage social distancing queues, said customers should continue to maintain a safe distance from others, shop by themselves where possible and try to use contactless payments which have been increased to £45.
Update 16.40 22/07/2020Source
ASDA: Edited, awaiting update.
Co-op (Check with your local before you travel as may vary in advice)
“Ahead of the official start date of the 24 July for customers to wear face coverings in shops, we will be asking colleagues to do so from today (Monday 20th). This is to ensure the message is as clear and consistent as possible for everyone.
“Our colleagues have all been supplied with face masks for when they are working and will be playing their part in helping our communities to stay safe. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable wearing a face covering for up to eight hours at a time, and so are also ensuring more comfortable face visors are available to those who prefer to wear one.
“Some customers are rightly exempt from this request, for health or religious reasons. We have made these exemptions very clear on our website centralengland.coop
and all team members will be reminded of these important exemptions. Priority access for NHS team members is still in place, to allow these front-line workers to be in our and out of store as quickly as possible.
“So we now ask all of our customers to wear a face covering so we know together we’re co-operating in our efforts to be safe.”
The new measures on wearing face coverings will sit alongside a range of others already in place at Central England Co-op sites, which have been very well received by customers.Source
Iceland says it has made face masks available for all store colleagues who want to wear one but it is up to them whether they wish to do so.
''If mandatory face masks in shops will make our customers & colleagues safer then they are welcome - but we won't put our staff at risk by asking them to police this. The UK cannot afford a second wave, so we all need to play our part & show care and consideration for each other.''CEO - Iceland
The supermarket is advising customers to wear a face covering in stores.
It said on the website: "Wearing a face covering in our stores is mandatory in Scotland and will be in England from July 24, in line with government regulations.
"If you're shopping in any of our stores in Wales, it is advised that you wear a face covering where it might be difficult to stay 2m away from others to help keep everyone safe."SourceMarks & Spencer: Edited, awaiting update
Not seeing any info as of yet, will update ASAP
Masks are available for all our colleagues who wish to use them while they work or travel to their place of work.”
They are not yet compulsory for customers in a way that is enforced by staff.
''The company will follow the latest guidelines, but as outlined in the statement from the British Retail Consortium, will not be enforcing the rules themselves.
Shoppers who don’t abide by the new rules will be facing fines of up to £100, the government is set to announce.
Sainsbury's has previously adopted a policy stating: "Masks are available for all our colleagues who wish to use them while they work or travel to their place of work.”Source
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"In line with current government guidelines, all customers will be required to wear face coverings in our shops from 24th July unless they have an exemption. We are encouraging but not mandating Partners to use face coverings."Source
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