Tomorrow (January 27) marks the ending of “Plan B” restrictions across England, with mask-wearing in enclosed areas no longer required.
But, you might not want to put those masks away just yet, because there are still spaces where the public will be asked to wear them. Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed last week that masks are still mandatory on all London public transport, and now Sainsbury’s has followed suit.
When shopping for groceries at any of their stores in the UK, customers will be asked to wear a mask, despite the legal obligation coming to end. This will apply to their 1,400 stores nationwide.
Shoppers could be denied entry to the stores if they fail to wear a mask, unless they are medically-exempt, but fines can no longer be imposed after “Plan B” expires.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Safety remains our highest priority. From Thursday, we’re asking our customers and colleagues in England to continue to wear a face covering in our stores if they are able to.
“In Scotland and Wales face coverings remain mandatory for those who can wear them in our stores, in line with the latest Government restrictions.
“We continue to have a range of safety measures in all of our stores, including screens and sanitising stations.”