The supermarket chain Morrisons is clamping down on shoppers wearing masks unless they have a medical exemption. They’ve stated that customers who enter the store without a mask will be asked to leave stores in a bid to protect their workers after Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) raised their concerns.
Usdaw reported their members had been raising deep concerns for their safety as members of the public flout the government guidelines in store. Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “Retail staff are working with the public every day and not only suffer increased abuse, but are deeply worried about catching Covid-19.”
Morrisons’ Chief executive, David Potts said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt. Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”
The Usdaw secretary said that: “retailers need to make sure that they are being followed consistently, in every store… We are also very concerned by reports that too many customers are not following necessary safety measures like social distancing, wearing a face covering and only shopping for essential items.
Shop assistants are key workers, so safety is paramount. Usdaw has said that staff – who are classed as key workers – must be “valued, respected and protected” and urger for more “stringenet” measures to ensure their safety.
Morrisons recently posted the measures they have made to ensure that shoppers feel safe while shopping, and it states that their shop assistants will be wearing face coverings, so there’s no reason not to be wearing one – unless, as stated, you have a medical exemption.