Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Lidl rules on face masks after Freedom Day

Supermarkets in Hull will be allowed to set their own rules after freedom day as shoppers will no longer be legally required to wear a mask as they shop.

Prime minister Boris Johnson also said social distancing rules would also be lifted meaning store owners will not have to limit the number of people inside the premises.

While this will not be a legal requirement, stores will have the power to impose their own restrictions.

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Here are some of the guidelines set out by the supermarkets:

Tesco

Tesco said it wants to be “on the safe side” and will continue to encourage patrons to wear a mask and social distance.

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A spokesperson for the supermarket added: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have focused on ensuring everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment.

“Having listened to our customers and colleagues, we will continue to have safety measures in place in our stores; these include limiting the number of people in-store at any time, protective screens at every checkout, hand sanitiser stations and regular cleaning.”

Aldi



Aldi will not be enforcing rules but will encourage people to wear a mask in stores.

An Aldi spokesperson said:

“From Monday 19th July, we’ll continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when they’re in the store. Other measures like hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place.

Asda

An Asda spokesperson said: “We encourage customers to be respectful to each other and to follow the Government guidance on face coverings when shopping in our stores after 19th July.”

They will also have signage and announcements on Asda radio in-store to encourage customers to follow the government guidance on face coverings and provide face coverings at the front of the store for customers who wish to wear one.



Asda

Iceland

An Iceland spokesperson said: “We are currently reviewing our policies in line with the latest updates from the Government on the easing of restrictions, and will continue to do so as further updates are provided. The safety of our customers and colleagues will continue to be our priority as restrictions are eased, and we will update on any changes as we are able to do so.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s say it will be a ‘personal choice’ for shoppers on whether they wish to wear a mask.

Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive, said: “As we respond to the recent change in government guidance, we know that safety is still top of mind for many of our colleagues and customers.



Sainsbury’s

“Our colleagues’ safety is vital, and many of our colleagues would feel more comfortable if those who can wear face coverings continue to wear them.

“We’ve listened closely to our customers too, and they are telling us the same. We’re asking everyone to be considerate and, while we understand wearing a face covering will now be a personal choice, we want to ensure we best support and protect each other in the weeks and months ahead.”

Lidl

Lidl said they would be following the Government’s advice but recommending people to continue wearing their masks.

They said: “Although no longer legally required, the government recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded or indoor spaces, and we will have signage in place at store entrances reminding our customers of this.”

“In line with guidance released in Scotland and Wales, the wearing of face coverings will remain mandatory in all of our Scottish and Welsh stores.

“The Perspex screens at checkouts and hand sanitising stations will also remain in place across all our stores for the time being as we gradually enter this next phase.”