Original article from Kent Live
People will no longer have to wear lehall face masks as of July 19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all remaining restrictions will be eased, including the legal order to wear a face mask indoors, despite soaring coronavirus infection rates.
Many celebrated the fact that they would not have to wear a mask anymore, but others, including the extremely vulnerable are concerned if they now end up close to someone with coronavirus.
The Prime Minister urged the English public to continue covering their faces in "crowded and enclosed spaces" after his "big bang" unlocking, but said it will no longer be a legal requirement.
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Although it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face masks in shops and on public transport, some companies have said customers should still wear one when using their services.
Some supermarkets across the country are still deciding and waiting for further guidance on whether customers will have to wear face masks in store.
Here are the latest rules for each supermarket:
Tesco will not be requiring customers to wear a mask in its stores from Monday onwards.
However, customers are are advised to continue wearing them to "be on the safe side".
Although face masks are encouraged in Asda, it will not be mandatory for customers to wear them.
“We encourage customers to be respectful to each other and to follow the government guidance on face coverings when shopping in our stores after 19 July,” a spokesperson said.
Aldi and Morrisons
An Aldi spokeswoman said: “From Monday 19th July, we'll continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when they're in store. Other measures like hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place. Face masks are still required for customers and colleagues in our Welsh and Scottish stores, in line with the latest guidance.”
Supermarket chain Morrisons will continue to offer face masks to those who want them.
The chief executive of Sainsbury's said he expects that customers will no longer need to wear face masks in the company's stores from July 19.
Simon Roberts is consulting with staff to get their views but says the decision to wear one would be down to personal choice by each individual.
Mr Roberts explained: “There are two very distinct points of view. One is customers and colleagues who can’t wait for the restrictions to lift and not to have to wear a mask for example, and others who are keen to continue to do that.
“I think in the end it will come down to the choices that individual customers and colleagues want to make. It is going to be driven by customer and by colleague choice.”
Despite the Government announcing the use of face masks will no longer be a legal requirement in England from next week, major British airlines have said they will continue their rules on the mandatory need for face coverings.
Ryanair says customers must wear a face mask in the airport and onboard their flight.
A spokesperson said: "In line with EASA/ECDC guidelines and in order to protect the health of our customers and crew, the use of face masks will still be mandatory across all Ryanair flights, regardless of the departing/destination country”.
You will need to wear a face mask at all times, BA says, in the airport and on board, unless you qualify for the government exemption list.
When you’re on board, you’re allowed to remove your face mask for a reasonable time to enable you to eat or drink. When you’re not consuming food or drink, your face mask must be placed back on and must cover your nose and mouth at all times.
A spokesperson said: "While we keep our policies under constant review, the safety of our customers and colleagues is always our priority, and we have no immediate plans to change our mask policy.
"We will continue to take advice and guidance from all the appropriate authorities."
Face masks must still be worn at the airport, at the gate when boarding the aircraft, and throughout the flight. If you have an exemption from wearing a mask, you must bring a doctor’s letter or medical certificate which clearly states you’re exempt.
A spokesperson said: "At present, there are no changes to easyJet’s onboard mask policy and we will continue to keep this under review.
"We continue to be guided by our inhouse medical adviser and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow including the WHO, ICAO (which provides guidance to the Civil Aviation Authorities), EASA, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Public Health authorities across Europe and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.”
A spokesperson said: "The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will always be our number one priority.
"We will continue to follow the current CAA guidelines and regulations, including the use of face masks at our airports and onboard our flights."
A spokesperson said: "The health and safety of our customers and crew remains Virgin Atlantic’s number one priority and we continuously review all our health measures.
"After carefully reviewing our policy in relation to face coverings onboard our flights, we will require all customers and crew to continue to wear face masks for the duration of their flights post 19 th July.”
Masks are provided to customers in the airline's Health Packs. Crew members will ask any customers not wearing a mask to do so.
Their face mask policy requires everyone over the age of six to wear a face mask on flights, including while sleeping, unless you’re exempt due to a medical condition.
You’ll need to wear a mask even if you’ve had your two vaccinations.
Your face mask must cover your nose, mouth and chin – you can wear a face shield, but you’ll need to wear a face mask, too, TUI says.
After Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asked Transport for London to make face masks compulsory for everyone on its services unless they are exempt.
This paved the way for mandatory face masks on the Tube, TfL trains, buses and taxis across London.
Mr Khan said: “I’ve repeatedly made clear that the simplest and safest option would have been for the Government to retain the national requirement for face coverings on public transport.
"I’m not prepared to stand by and put Londoners, and our city’s recovery, at risk.
The Rail Delivery Group, which represents companies across the UK including Southeastern, revealed train operators will ask customers to wear face coverings if carriages are busy.
A spokesperson from the group explained the rules for passengers as Kent and England eases out of lockdown, while stressing train travel "is low risk".
They said: "Rail companies will ask people to follow the government guidance and, out of respect for others, wear face coverings if an indoor setting is busy.
"Train travel is low risk, with the majority of carriages well ventilated by air conditioning systems or by doors and windows.
"As restrictions lift, we will continue carrying out extra cleaning and providing better information about how busy services are, so that our passengers can travel with confidence.”
One of those is Waterstones, which says it is encouraging its customers to continue wearing face masks.
In a statement published on its website, a spokesman for Waterstones said: "From Monday 19 July, a loosening of government restrictions in England means the wearing of face coverings and observing 1m social distancing is no longer mandatory.
"However, the Government recommendation remains to wear face masks in crowded indoor environment, such as shops.
"With this in mind, we will be respectfully encouraging our customers to voluntarily maintain the same safety measures of face masks and social distancing that, to date, have kept both our staff and fellow customers so secure.
"We have asked our staff to adopt the same principles.
"Our bookshops in England are also maintaining the same Covid-19 protections such as Perspex till screens, hand sanitiser and safety signage as before."