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Sainsbury’s and Morrisons stop customers without a face mask from entering

Sainsbury’s and Morrisons stop customers without a face mask from entering

Author: Triston Macauley | Tuesday 12th January 2021

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Shoppers who refuse to wear a face mask offered by staff will not be allowed inside unless they are exempt in an effort to halt the spiralling infection rates.

Sainsbury’s also said it would challenge those not wearing masks or who were shopping in groups.

Morrisons’ chief executive, David Potts said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt”.

Security guards at the supermarket chain will be enforcing the new rules.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the government is “concerned” shops are not enforcing rules strictly enough.

There have been concerns that social distancing measures are not being adhered to in supermarkets.

Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News “Ultimately the most important thing to do no now is to make sure that actually enforcement-and, of course, the compliance with the rules- when people are going into supermarkets are being adhered to.”

“We need to make sure people actually wear masks and follow the one-way system”.

The health secretary admitted that stronger enforcement of Coronavirus rules is ‘necessary’, as he praised Morrisons and police forces for ramping up their efforts against the virus.