Residents in Nottinghamshire have voiced their support for a major supermarket’s decision to turn away customers not wearing face masks.
Retailer Morrisons announced the policy at the start of this week, meaning customers who refuse to wear a mask without an medical exemption will be told to leave its stores.
Tesco and Sainsbury’s have also announced similar new rules on Tuesday, January 12.
In a statement, a Tesco spokesperson said: “To protect our customers and colleagues, we won’t let anyone into our stores who is not wearing a face covering, unless they are exempt in line with Government guidance.”
The policy comes as Covid-19 infection rates surge across the country as Britain tackles the third national lockdown, with all-but-essential retailers forced to close their doors.
Morrisons’ change came into effect on Monday, with chief executive David Potts saying those without a face covering “won’t be allowed to shop” in the supermarkets.
And the move has been broadly welcomed by readers on Nottinghamshire Live’s Facebook page, with some describing the decision as “the right thing to do”.
Many believed that people who are unable to wear a face mask “should not be putting themselves at risk”.
Commenting on Facebook, reader Paddy Sears said: “Well done Morrisons – [it’s] about time someone stood up for the rights of their staff not to be breathed on by the diseased.
“If you are not able to wear a mask then stay at home.”
Paul Gretton commented: “If they are that bad that they can’t wear some kind of face covering they should not be out putting themselves at risk and [should] get someone else to do their shopping.”
Louisa Spellane said: “Good, I have been doing this at work since the beginning of July and I’m sick of people thinking the rules don’t apply to them.
“If you can’t wear a mask wear a visor. If you can’t do that ask yourself if you should really be out in a pandemic.”
Margaret Daxner added: “It’s simple, no mask no entry anywhere.
“It’s about doing the right thing, protect yourself and protect others.
“I seriously don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to do this, this is serious and we as a whole need to get a grip, stop moaning and blaming all and sundry and play our part.”
However, some readers did disagree and said they don’t support the policy.
Sharon Parry commented: “Whilst I agree with being more vigilant, please can we all remember that we shouldn’t ever turn into a community that openly discriminates those who are classified as disabled.
“If you can wear one then you should but I fear we are all turning into judge and jury.
“I don’t agree with Morrisons asking people to bring evidence such as an exemption card, [but] this rubbish about if you can’t wear one don’t go out. Really?
“Not everyone can get online or has the support.”
Graeme Wheatley added: “You have no idea what condition someone may have that stops them wearing a mask or a face visor.
“Their trip to the shops may be the only time they leave home that week.
“Imagine thinking that masks made in China, to no agreed safety standard, that you can buy for £1 are the difference maker with this virus.”
Announcing the policy, Morrisons chief executive David Potts said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt.
“Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”