Original article from Kent Live
Aldi has announced shoppers will be encouraged to keep wearing masks in stores next week, even though it won't be legally required.
Yesterday (July 15), the German supermarket chain announced its position after the government said it "expects and recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces".
Aldi said staff will be encouraged to wear masks, while hand sanitisers and screens will remain in stores from Monday (July 19).
A spokesperson from Aldi explained: "“From Monday 19th July, we'll continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when they're in store.
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"Other measures like hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place."
They added: "Face masks are still required for customers and colleagues in our Welsh and Scottish stores, in line with the latest guidance.”
The announcement comes hot on the heels of Sainsbury's revealing they would encourage customers to wear face masks from Monday.
The chain was the first to make its stance known to shoppers, stressing its new signs and tannoy messages in stores will "encourage customers to continue to wear a face covering, if they can".
Staff will be encouraged to wear a face covering, unless they are behind a screen.
The company said the move reflects feedback from customers and staff "where the majority of people surveyed want to keep the policy in place".
Meanwhile, Waterstones announced it will encourage its customers to continue wearing face coverings in its stores after Monday.
It was one of the first major chains to publish its policy on mask wearing.
Face coverings must still be worn on London's transport network after July 19, following an announcement by London's mayor.
Sadiq Khan said he was not prepared to put Tube, bus and other transport users at risk by relaxing the rules on face coverings.