New guidelines introduced under the UK Government’s rule of six will result in changes to the nation’s shopping habits.
The strict new rules come into force today (Monday) and some experts fear they will continue for several months as the country fights to halt a potential second wave of coronavirus infections.
Latest restrictions mean that people will not be allowed to go shopping in more than groups of six, reports MirrorOnline.
Some of the major supermarkets have already implemented their own regulations on the number of people allowed to shop together at one time.
These are the latest rules for supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Iceland, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The chain says it’s encouraging customers to remain two metres apart, despite the government’s one metre plus approval. It’s also urging customers to wear face coverings.
An Asda spokesperson said: “Throughout the pandemic our customers have embraced many new rules to help keep everyone safe in our stores, and we are confident they will continue to show care and consideration for each other by wearing a face covering when they visit our stores.
“We also have signs at the entrance to the store and on the shelf edges to encourage customers to wear a face covering and are using Asda FM (our in-store radio) to further remind customers.
“While we will do all we can to strongly encourage customers to respect the new guidelines, the responsibility for policing and enforcing them does lie with the relevant authorities.”
Customers will have to wear a face covering when shopping in stores.
They will be available to purchase at the entrance of each store.
However, like other supermarket chains, Tesco staff won’t be policing the rules.
Customers will be encouraged to comply with various Government guidelines on face coverings but, like other retailers, staff will not enforce these rules.
Customers will not be challenged over the use of face coverings.
In a tweet, Sainsbury’s said: “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.”
Shoppers will be urged to wear face coverings and these will be handed out to customers who may not be carrying a mask.
Like many supermarkets, it’s also offering lanyards those who may be exempt because of a hidden or physical disability and says its working with charities ensure vulnerable customers are not isolated by the rules.
The frozen food chain said it will not instruct staff to “police” face covering rules, but said customers should aim to weara mask.
A spokesman said: “We welcome the additional measures brought in by the Government and will be supporting mandatory face coverings in our stores in England, whilst observing the exemptions outlined in the latest guidance.
“However, we will not put our staff at risk by asking them to police this.”
It is law that all shoppers must now wear a face mask inside shops in England – unless they are exempt for various reasons.