Co-op staff wear face masks early on to encourage use

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central England Co-op Debbie Robinson covid-19 face masks
While retailers cannot enforce the policy, they are making effort to encourage the use of face coverings
// Co-op staff wear face masks before it is compulsory to encourage use
// Some retailers have raised concern that the mandatory wearing of face coverings could lead to confrontations

Central England Co-op staff have began wearing face coverings ahead of government implementation in an effort to encourage customers to use them.

From Friday, face coverings will become compulsory for customers to wear them in stores.

Co-op staff at over 400 food stores have donned face coverings as the retailer hopes customers will embrace the practice.


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“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our colleagues and customers,” Central England Co-op chief executive Debbie Robinson said.

“Ahead of the official start date for customers to wear face coverings in shops, we will be asking colleagues to do so from July 20,” she said.

“This is to ensure the message is as clear and consistent as possible for everyone.

“Some customers are rightly exempt from this request, for health or religious reasons. We have made these exemptions very clear on our website and all team members will be reminded of these important exemptions.

“We now ask all of our customers to wear a face covering so we know together we’re co-operating in our efforts to be safe.”

The new measures on wearing face coverings will sit alongside a range of others already in place at Central England Co-op sites.

Nevertheless, some retailers have raised concern that the mandatory wearing of face coverings could lead to confrontations between some shoppers and staff.

While retailers cannot enforce the policy, they are making effort to encourage the use of face coverings.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If the masks actually make a difference, why didn’t we all wear them 3 or 4 months ago when it was at it’s worst? Lack of supply?

  2. I have been in my local coop in killamarsh North East Derbyshire yesterday and today and found people walking around shop with no mask on. I asked the staff to challenge them but was told they would not as it is not their responsibility to challenge them . I have not been in shop for 3 months but thought it would now be safe to shop there. But nothing has changed so will not be going there again until staff ensures that their customers and themselves are safe.

  3. The co-op I use the staff don’t even wear masks not even the manager so how do they expect customers to. I was in the minority wearing a mask

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