Face coverings masks in shops

Supermarkets could be asked to legally enforce social distancing, one-way systems, limits on customer numbers and face coverings.

Although the guidelines are not official law, a government source told The Times this could change if compliance is not improved. They said: “We need to make sure supermarkets in particular are following the rules. We’ll be looking at whether the right protections are in place, including social distancing and customers wearing masks.” 

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When asked by Sky News whether supermarkets must be responsible for enforcing the rules, vaccines minister Nadhim Sahawi said: “The most important thing to do now is enforcement and compliance when people are going to supermarkets.” 

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