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The new supermarket face mask rules you need to know from July 19

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Original article from Kent Live

The rules for supermarkets and shops will change from July 19 in Kent and England after it was confirmed lockdown restrictions would be eased.

It means shoppers will not be legally required to wear a face mask inside, instead, it will be down to personal choice.

Social distancing rules will be lifted too, the Prime Minister said, so retailers won’t have to limit the number of people allowed inside their store.

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However, businesses will have the power to set their own rules – so they can in theory still encourage shoppers to wear masks, or still restrict the amount of people allowed in their premises.

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For example, Ryanair and British Airways have already said they’ll ask all passengers to wear face masks on their flights even after the restrictions are lifted.

But, what will the rules be in supermarkets from July 19?

We've done some digging to find out what supermarkets are planning to do from July 19 and this is what we've found.


Shoppers at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Maidstone

The chain has said it is "working through the details of the government’s announcement on the easing of restrictions and will keep our customers and colleagues updated".



The supermarket said: "We are awaiting Government guidance and we will work through that when we have it."


The glass milk bottles of old are making a comeback at Morrisons

A Morrisons spokesperson explained: "We are currently waiting for the government plan and workplace guidance to be published.

"This will be reviewed in line with our own policies this week to allow us to make the right decision for the safety of our colleagues and customers."


Customers are being asked to return a range of products

Tesco has not yet responded to our request.


Aldi has announced plans to celebrate Junemas with its pigs and blanket comeback

Aldi has not yet responded to our request.


The Asda store in Broadstairs

Asda has not yet responded to our request.


Lidl stores in Kent have announced their opening times for the upcoming Easter weekend

Lidl has not yet responded to our request.


Iceland has not yet responded to our request.

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