After the introduction of face mask-wearing to be mandatory by the government, Asda has set out the new rules for shoppers to follow. The new COVID variant Omicron has meant that certain rules have had to be tightened once more and Asda has given clear instructions to any customers worrying about their next visit.
An Asda spokesman said: “We hope you are keeping well and looking forward to the festive season.
“Throughout the pandemic our priority has always been to keep you and our colleagues safe, and with that in mind we wanted to let you know how we are responding to the recent Covid update from the Government.”
They added: “It is now compulsory for customers to wear a face covering in all retail shops unless they have a medical exemption and we ask that you respect this rule to help keep yourself and other customers safe.
“When you visit our stores this week, you will see signs and hear regular announcements on Asda Radio to remind customers to wear a face covering.
“Don’t worry if you forget to bring a face covering – you can get one from one of our colleagues at the front of the store. Colleagues will also wear face coverings both in stores and when delivering shopping to customer’s homes, however, those who can’t wear one for medical reasons will wear a lanyard instead to show they are exempt.
“Our stores continue to have many measures in place to help keep everyone safe including Perspex screens at checkouts, hand sanitisers and cleaning stations for baskets and trolleys, along with antimicrobial coatings which help prevent the spread of viruses on handles and checkouts throughout the store.
“If you are isolating or would prefer to shop online, we now have the capacity to deliver 900,000 customer orders each week and will increase this to 1 million orders before Christmas.
“Our colleagues are working very hard to help make Christmas extra special for all customers and we ask that you continue to be kind and respectful to them when shopping with us.”
The new comes as Iceland and Co-Op, two of the other major supermarket chains, said they won’t force customers to wear masks when shopping in-store.