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Supermarkets have provided a mixed responded to the news so far. Some are still reviewing the guidance.
What are the current rules at each supermarket? So far, Sainsbury’s is the only supermarket to say it will definitely not enforce masks.
Sainsbury’s is not expecting to enforce face mask rules after the 19th, it said.
Chief executive Simon Roberts said the decision to wear one will be a personal choice for both shoppers and staff.
He said: “There are two very distinct points of view.
“One is customers and colleagues who can’t wait for the restrictions to lift and not to have to wear a mask for example, and others who are keen to continue to do that.
“I think in the end it will come down to the choices that individual customers and colleagues want to make.
“It is going to be driven by customer and by colleague choice.”
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Tesco is review into its mask-wearing policy.
Tesco currently states: “To protect our colleagues and customers, we won’t let anyone into our stores who isn’t wearing a face covering, unless they’re exempt in line with government guidance.
“Please also make sure that you wear your face covering correctly – covering your mouth and your nose.”
Aldi customers are still required to wear masks, and seem to have yet to updated this rules.
Those without a mask or medical exemption will not be admitted into stores.
Chief Executive Officer at Aldi UK, Giles Hurley said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority.
“Wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone that shops at Aldi, except for the small number of people who have a medical exemption.”
In other supermarket news, Sainsbury’s is rolling out a new recycling service for customers.
Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s launched a trial in 63 stores which allows shoppers to recycle products made from polypropylene film.
Customers can bring hard to recycle items to 271 stores meaning fewer products will end up in landfills.
All flexible plastics can be returned, including laminates and pouches.
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