A number of popular UK high street chain shops have recently issued new updates on the wearing of face masks/coverings in stores nationwide.
B&M, Home Bargains, Wilko and Poundland are amongst the companies that have provided updated statements after face masks/coverings were made a mandatory requirement in all shops and supermarkets in England from 24th July.
The wearing of masks is also advisory in other crowed and enclosed public places.
Whilst there are of course certain individuals who fall under categories which exempt them from wearing face coverings, anyone who fails to comply with face covering rules could be fined up to £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days).
Under new measures introduced last week by the Prime Minister, this amount will double for subsequent offences up to a maximum of £3,200.
Here’s everything you need to know about updated face covering rules in the following stores:
When it comes to the wearing of face coverings in B&M stores, a spokesperson told the Lancashire Telegraph that: “We require the use of face coverings whilst visiting our stores.
“Anybody not wearing a mask may have a health reason not to be wearing one.”
The company didn’t add however if staff would be challenging any customers who do not wear a face covering in their stores.
For more information and opening times, visit the B&M website here.
A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “We are absolutely aligned to the current legal requirements with respect to the wearing of face coverings and, where mandatory within the UK, we would ask all customers to follow this unless they have a health condition that exempts them.”
Home Bargains also did not add if staff would be challenging any customers who do not wear a face covering in their stores.
For more information and opening times, visit the Home Bargains website here.
A spokesperson for Wilko said: “In line with the latest government guidance and to help keep our customers and colleagues safe, we’re asking that face coverings are worn when shopping in our English stores,”
“Coverings will be available to purchase upon entry in to store (whilst stocks last) however, medical and other exemptions may apply.
“We will not refuse entry to any customers.”
For more information and opening times, visit the Wilko website here.
A spokesperson for Poundland, and sister company PEP&CO, said: “Out of respect for each other, we encourage all customers to wear face coverings where they don’t have a valid reason not to.
“Enforcement is the responsibility of the police, but customer compliance with the guidelines in our stores is high.”
For more information and opening times, visit the Poundland website here.
For further information and guidance amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, do refer to official sources via gov.uk/coronavirus.