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Sainsbury’s encourages use of face coverings in stores

Colleagues will also be encouraged to wear a face covering, unless they are behind a screen and all of Sainsbury’s leadership team will wear one when visiting stores

Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it will still encourage customers to wear face coverings inside the stores despite the lifting of restrictions on Monday 19 July 2021.

Colleagues will also be encouraged to wear a face covering, unless they are behind a screen. In addition, the group said that all of the Sainsbury’s leadership team will wear one whilst visiting stores.

According to Sainsbury’s, while wearing a face covering will “become a personal choice”, the decision to ask customers to wear a face covering if they can reflects feedback from customers and colleagues.

While screens between self-service checkouts and dividing checkout queues will be gradually removed from stores in England, they will remain in place between colleagues and customers when they are being served at checkouts.

Hand sanitiser stations will also remain in all stores, with the retailer continuing with the thorough cleaning of trollies and baskets, as well as deep cleaning overnight.

Simon Roberts, chief executive, Sainsbury’s, said: “Our colleagues’ safety is vital and many of our colleagues would feel more comfortable if those who can wear face coverings continue to wear them.

“We’ve listened closely to our customers too and they are telling us the same. We’re asking everyone to be considerate and, while we understand wearing a face covering will now be a personal choice, we want to ensure we best support and protect each other in the weeks and months ahead.”

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