Sainsbury’s has updated shopping rules for customers and asked those visiting branches to do so alone. Security will also be introduced to ensure all shoppers are wearing face coverings.
Wearing a face mask to visit supermarkets has been mandatory in the UK since summer last year.
This applies to all adults apart from a small group of people who are exempt for medical reasons.
Sainsbury’s has announced it will step up security to ensure customers follow the rules.
Colleagues will ensure shoppers are wearing a mask when entering stores.
Customers have also been asked to shop alone with one adult per trolley.
This can help cut back on the number of people entering stores and make social distancing easier to maintain.
Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Simon Roberts stated: “I’ve spent a lot of time in our stores reviewing the latest situation over the last few days and on behalf of all my colleagues, I am asking our customers to help us keep everyone safe.
“The vast majority of customers are shopping safely, but I have also seen some customers trying to shop without a mask and shopping in larger family groups.
“Please help us to keep all our colleagues and customers safe by always wearing a mask and by shopping alone.
“Everyone’s care and consideration matters now more than ever.”
Coronavirus restrictions have been tightened in the UK over the last few weeks.
Many areas of the country are now on full lockdown and have been urged to stay home as much as possible.
One of the reasons Britons are permitted to leave their homes is to visit supermarkets.
However, this should be done as little as possible and customers should only go for essential food trips.
Earlier today, retail giant Morrisons also introduced new guidance regarding face coverings.
It explained shoppers would not be permitted to enter stores unless they were wearing a face covering.
Britons were also encouraged to “be kind” when visiting Morrisons branches.
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.”
Supermarkets have continued to update shopping rules during the pandemic in line with government guidance.
New rules have been introduced to help protect those visiting branches.