Shoppers are now becoming used to having to wear a face covering whenever they enter any store, but that also means that those that don’t can find themselves in difficulty.
Some people do not have to wear a mask because of a disability – which can make them feel uncomfortable or open them to abuse from other shoppers.
Now one supermarket has come up with a solution shoppers who are exempt from wearing a mask can take up if they choose, reports Kent Live.
Morrisons is giving out sunflower lanyards to shoppers with hidden disabilities which indicate they may need additional assistance in store.
Posting on Faceboook the supermarket wrote: “This week, we’re introducing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme in our stores.
“It’s an initiative designed to act as a discreet sign that somebody has a hidden disability, such as mental health conditions, autism, dementia or sensory impairments, and may need extra help.
“If you have a hidden disability and would like a sunflower lanyard, please collect one for free from the customer service desk.”
Shoppers are already praising the initiative, and have thanked the supermarket for considering those with hidden disabilities, and for understanding the importance of supporting them.
One person replied: “These are excellent for people with genuine hidden disabilities – my daughter has used one.”
Somebody else wrote: “What a lovely idea well done. Shows up those who are making excuses not to wear a mask and putting others at risk knowingly.”
“I will definitely be popping in my daughter is autistic this would be amazing,” said a third.
Another person commented: “Absolutely brilliant thank you so much! This will help my son tremendously!”