LONDON (Reuters) – British retailers call the police for helping to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, one of the largest supermarkets on Monday said it was now trying to break the rules Will not allow entry.
With the rapid increase in the number of infections, the UK government has expressed concern about the spread of the virus in supermarkets, with people violating the rules by not wearing masks while shopping.
Non-essential retail, restaurants and bars are closed across the UK, leading to high levels of demand for supermarkets and other food stores.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters, “People have got to follow the guidance in the supermarket, requiring people to maintain their distance, making sure they are wearing the masks, doing the right thing.” “
Morrison chief executive David Potts said the supermarket is now tightening the rules.
“People who are offered a face covering and decline to wear it will not be allowed to shop at Morrisons, unless they are medically exempt,” he said. “Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”
The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents more than 170 major retailers, including large supermarket groups, called on the police to do more due to a sharp increase in incidents of misconduct by employees.
“Enforcement of face coverings is the responsibility of the police, but what retailers continue to do to encourage their use throughout the store,” said Andrew OP, BRC’s director of food and sustainability.
“Sadly, this has led to a rapid increase in incidents of violence and abuse against shoppers, which is why it is necessary to support the work being done by retailers.”
The OP also said data from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) have revealed that retail is a safe environment, adding that firms have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on security measures, including forex screens, Additional cleanliness and social balance are included.
“Supermarkets continue to follow all safety guidance and customers should be assured that supermarkets are Kovid-safe and secure during lockdown and beyond,” he said.
Reporting by Gai Foulcobridge and James Dewey; Editing by Estelle Shirbon, Michael Holden and David Evans