Asda, Aldi, Tesco & Sainsbury’s rules for wearing face masks – and what the law says

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The UK’s major supermarkets have issued guidance about who needs to wear masks in store as rules surrounding face coverings change from tomorrow.

From Friday it will be mandatory in England to wear masks or another protective covering in shops and supermarkets.

But there are exemptions regarding who must wear masks, Surrey Live reports.

It’s all part of the changes in coronavirus lockdown restrictions being brought in by the Government.

They are also strongly recommending that face coverings are worn in any enclosed public space where social distancing – the one metre plus ruling – is not possible.

The Government has handily printed a list who and who does not have to wear face masks.

The top of the list is children under the age of 11, who will not be required to do so.

Supermarkets like Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco,  Waitrose  and Lidl will be following the guidance from the Government on this matter, and have also got special rules in place for staff.

Sainsbury’s, however, tweeted : “We won’t be challenging customers without a mask when they enter or when they are in-store since they may have a reason not to wear a mask.”

Government guidance says it is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear face coverings, although they add that employers should consider recommending their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place.

Other people with legitimate reasons not to don a face covering are covered here:

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:

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