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Supermarket chief will not ask staff to ‘police those who refuse to adhere’ to the new face mask rules

by LLB staff reporter
30th Nov 21 9:54 am

From today it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings on all public transport and in shops or you will face a £200 fine.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has stressed that it is the role of the authorities to enforce these new regulations.

She added that customers also have responsibility to adhere to the rules and “retailers will be communicating the new rules on face coverings in England through in-store signage and other channels.”

Richard Walker, managing director of the Iceland, said he will not be asking his staff to police the wearing of face coverings amongst customers.

“The first thing to say is that of course we support the reintroduction of compulsory face masks in shops and there is no doubt that the emergence of this Omicron variant is really concerning,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Safety of staff and customers is of course a priority.

“But the question isn’t whether or not we should mandate face masks, but whether we can mandate them.

“What I won’t be doing is asking my store colleagues to police those who refuse to adhere to the rules.

“They are already working under significant pressure, particularly as we hit the busiest trading month of the year.”

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