Store asks shopper not to wear face masks bdue to security concerns

A store has asked people not to cover their faces – despite strict official guidelines advising customers to wear masks when they are inside shops.

A sign has been placed in the front window of the shop in Danesmoor, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which tells customers they should not cover their face in store for “security reasons”.

Face coverings have been mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England after the UK Government brought in new regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus, reports DerbyshireLive.

The notice in capital letters, reads: “For security reasons, pls do not cover your face or head in this shop.”

Customers are not completely banned from wearing face coverings.

Explaining the reason behind the sign, the store manager – who did not wish to be named – said: “I am allowing people to wear masks – maybe I’ve worded the sign badly – but we get a lot of shoplifting and if they’ve got a mask on, I can’t prosecute them.

“What if someone comes in with a knife and threatens my staff, but they’re wearing a mask? What am I meant to do? If someone’s wearing a hood, I ask them to take it down.

“No-one seems to have thought of the security of people working in shops in all this. We do get shoplifting here and, on the last occasion, the guy was wearing a mask.



“Am I meant to just keep losing money? I’ve now been made to feel like the criminal.”

The store boss says he started wearing a mask during the early stages of the pandemic – but ceased after getting ridiculed.

He added: “When I’ve told people wearing a mask they don’t need to, they generally say ‘good’ and take it off. I think a lot of people are more worried about getting fined than catching the virus.”

The request has brought a mixed response from customers.

Two youths said they “weren’t bothered” about not wearing a mask and “didn’t care” about the sign.

And a shopper who asked to be named only as “Keith”, aged 57, was wearing a mask when he came out the store.

He said: “I think people should do as they’re told. I’m used to living in Thailand and following their government – you don’t disobey the rules there.

“I didn’t see the sign before I went in the shop; I thought it was law that you had to wear a mask.”

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