UK supermarket executives have pointed out enforcing mask wearing in stores is difficult, as it is not possible to verify claims of medical exemption on the spot, reports the Financial Times
(15 January, Eley, Megaw). UK government guidance does not require that people exempt from wearing masks carry a doctor's note to that effect, making it difficult to distinguish between those who cannot wear masks and those who choose not to wear masks. Accordingly, some UK retailers, including Iceland and smaller grocery groups, have announced they will not enforce mandatory mask rules at their stores. On the flip side, Wm Morrison, Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsbury's, Asda, and Tesco have all indicated they will refuse entry to people not wearing masks. For some smaller grocery groups, the cost of hiring additional security guards to enforce COVID-19 rules is too much, and they will instead rely on law enforcement officials to uphold pandemic-era rules.
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