Coronavirus continues to completely change the way we shop with product limits, parking systems and face masks.

After this last week’s announcement, new measures are now in place. For all stores in England it was mandatory for shoppers to wear face coverings – except for the legitimate exclusion list.

However, this rule will now extend to all retail employees who must wear a mask while on duty.

This means that in all UK supermarkets, everyone is now required to wear a mask, unless they have an exemption, according to reports. Essex Live.

These are the rules announced by some of the leading supermarkets this week:


  • As of July 24, the store’s face covering rule has been in place.
  • When necessary, we will limit the flow of people coming into our stores to ensure they do not get too busy.
  • Hand sanitizers are placed around our stores for use by customers and colleagues, along with additional cleaning products to wipe down your cart or basket.
  • In some stores, we will introduce new directional floor signs and markers to create a safe flow of movement around the store.
  • The new floor markers will help you keep a safe distance from others while waiting for a push.
  • We install protective screens at our checkout.
  • Where possible, we will create separate entrances and exits for our stores, so that it is easy to maintain a safe distance from other shoppers.
  • Please try to shop alone to help reduce the number of people in store at any time. We understand that this is not always possible, so if you need to take children with you or shop with a caregiver, you are welcome to do so.
  • If possible, use card or contactless payment.
  • Please avoid shopping during our times that are meant for vulnerable people and the elderly. And please be kind to our colleagues because they are working hard for your service; We’re all in this together.
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Shoppers at Asda [file image]


A customer waits outside the Aldi store in Plymouth where the traffic light entry system is installed
A customer waits outside the Aldi store in Plymouth where the traffic light entry system is installed


  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Social distancing in stores with markets on the exit floors
  • Stores may limit entry at peak times
  • Customers are encouraged to buy only what they need
  • Cleaning stations for carts and baskets
  • Where possible, use card payments or contactless payments


  • Crowd control system to manage social distancing
  • Traffic light system to tell you the quietest time for shopping
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Disposable gloves for use in the bakery
  • Increase in contactless payment threshold – £ 45
  • Exit protection screens
  • Employees wear protective masks
  • Trolley cleaning stations

Staff working at a coronavirus testing center


  • Re-install the internal and external queuing systems
  • Social distancing in store
  • Marshals to direct customers to correct queues upon checkout
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • More cleaning procedures


  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Greetings to remind customers to wear a face covering
  • All employees wear face coverings
  • Extension of working hours
  • Customer sterilizer stations