Which shops will I still have to wear a mask in after Freedom Day

Freedom Day is almost here as England reaches step four of the lockdown roadmap on Monday, July 19.

The big day will mean the majority of coronavirus restrictions be lifted.

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It comes after the Prime Minister said “we think now is the right moment to proceed” during his last announcement.

The new regime means there are no legal legal limits on social contact.

Monday, July 19 has been dubbed Freedom Day
Monday, July 19 has been dubbed Freedom Day

People are no longer forced by law to wear a face mask in most indoor spaces and mass events can restart.

With cases surging above 50,000 a day, Boris Johnson billed is asking people to exercise with “caution” and several shops are still encouraging shoppers to wear masks.

It is not clear what actions stores might take if non-exempt customers refuse to wear a face covering while in store.



Tesco will encourage customers and workers to continue wearing masks in its supermarkets


The supermarket will encourage all customers to wear a face covering if they can. Sainsbury’s added that if staff are behind a screen, they will not have to wear a mask.


The supermarket will have signs at entrances to remind shoppers that mask wearing is recommended by the government.

Asda in Kingswood
Asda in Kingswood


Aldi will encourage customers and workers to wear face coverings when they are in stores


A spokesperson said Asda will “encourage customers to be respectful to each other and to follow the government guidance on face coverings”. There will be signs and announcements in stores to encourage shoppers to wear masks.


Waitrose “recommends” that shoppers wear a face covering, unless exempt. The company said the decision “will be for each individual to take”.



The book store said it would “encourage our customers to wear face masks and observe social distancing”.


The store said it hopes “people will continue to think of others and wear a face covering if they can”.


The company is encouraging staff and shoppers to continue wearing a face mask.

Primark in Hull's Princes Quay
Primark in Hull’s Princes Quay


Staff will still be wearing visors or masks. The store said it cannot enforce customers to wear masks but would prefer them to do so.


The chain is recommending face coverings for staff and is asking customers to “show their support by wearing theirs while shopping too”.


Signs in stores will ask shoppers to continue to wear face masks unless exempt and to keep a safe distance from others.


Wearing a face covering is a “personal choice”, but the company asked customers to continue wearing one for the safety of workers and other shoppers.


Argos will encourage all customers to wear a face covering if they can.

Argos in St Stephen's Shopping Centre
Argos in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre


The furniture retailer is encouraging the use of face coverings in England, but said it “recognises that this is a personal choice for customers and co-workers”.


Superdrug is waiting for more detailed government guidance before confirming its rules from July 19. In the meantime, the current mask and social distancing policy remains in place.


Boots recommends that customers continue to wear face masks in stores, especially during busy times and in pharmacy areas. Staff will continue to wear masks.

The Body Shop

It will be optional for staff to wear face masks. The retailer suggested customers can choose whether or not to wear a mask as it understands “individuals are at all different stages of processing ‘freedom day’ and what they feel comfortable with”.