Freedom Day: Do I need to wear a mask in the supermarket?

Masks will not be legally required as of today. (Image: Getty)

The government will no longer enforce the legal requirement to wear a mask in the indoor space, from July 19, also known as ‘Freedom Day’ as the country becomes free from Covid restrictions.

Despite the changing legal requirements to do so, many experts believe that Everyone should still wear a mask when appropriate, and adhere to social distancing where they are in close proximity to others.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi also said people would still have to wear face coverings in ‘closed indoor spaces’, although it would not be legally enforceable.

Here’s what supermarkets have to say about wearing masks in stores as of today.

What is the supermarket rule on masks after Freedom Day?

Most supermarkets encourage shoppers to continue wearing masks where possible, but won’t refuse those who don’t.

Here’s what we know about each supermarket so far.

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A company spokesperson said: ‘We ask our customers and colleagues to stay on the safe side and so from 19 July we will be encouraging our colleagues to wear face coverings during work and encourage our customers to do the same when they shop with us. ‘

Other continuing safety measures will include limits on the number of people in stores at any one time.


An Asda statement confirmed that it would encourage shoppers to continue wearing masks.

A spokesperson said: ‘We encourage customers to respect each other and follow government guidance regarding face coverings when shopping in our stores after July 19.

Signs and notices in stores will encourage people to continue wearing masks and masks will be made available at the front of the store for those who wish to wear them.

Most major supermarkets have put out a united front, asking customers and workers to wear masks if they can (Image: REUTERS)


Morrisons will also encourage all customers and colleagues to follow in-store instructions and ‘exercise their own judgment’, a supermarket representative said.

‘We will also continue to offer free face coverings to any customers or colleagues who may have forgotten theirs.’


Sainsbury’s will also continue to require customers to wear masks – it has been widely reported that brown messages and signs in the store will ask customers to wear one ‘if they can.’

A notice released by the supermarket asserts that it will continue to ‘require people in stores to continue wearing face coverings if they can’ based on feedback from customers and colleagues, where the majority those surveyed wanted to keep the policy unchanged. ‘


Lidl will continue to require customers to ‘wear face coverings in crowded spaces or indoors and we will place signage at store entrances to remind our customers of this,’ a statement said. shop staff confirmed.


A spokesperson for Aldi said: ‘We will continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when visiting the store.

‘Other measures such as hand sanitizer and screens will also be maintained.

Waitrose and John Lewis

The John Lewis Partnership will recommend that UK customers and staff continue to wear face coverings, unless exempted, from 19 July.

A spokesman said: ‘Decisions as to whether or not to do so, while in our stores, will be made by each individual, based on their own judgment.’

Do supermarket employees have to wear masks?

London commuters will continue to wear masks on Tfl transport, including buses and tubes (Image: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

There is no legal requirement for anyone to wear a mask, whether they are employees or shoppers.

However, it is possible that companies could require their employees to continue to wear face masks to match the claims made so far.

If you’re not sure about the rules or what your rights are, talk to your employer or human resources administrator.

This is the case for services including Transport for London (TFL).

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, did it face coverings are mandatory on public transport after July 19.

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