Shoppers are now required by law to wear a face covering in shops as well as banks, post offices and takeaway outlets in England from Friday.
People will also need to wear a mask in transport hubs, such as in railway stations and airports in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
However staff at supermarkets do not have to wear masks with Environment Secretary George Eustice suggesting it won’t be mandatory for workers to wear the coverings reports.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast last week, he said: “We want to give people time to plan and prepare and for retailers to maybe put in place measures to encourage people to do this or potentially even to have some masks themselves if people haven’t got one.
As major supermarket chains like Tesco, Iceland, Aldi, Lidl and Sainsbury’s enforce the new rules. this is what some of the big stores said:
Aldi’s CEO, Giles Hurley, said in an email to customers: “Last week, the Government announced that face coverings will be compulsory in shops in England from 24th July and, for that reason, you will need to wear a face covering to enter one of our stores from this date.
“If you wish to purchase a face covering, they are available to buy at every Aldi store in the UK.
“Even as the country opens up again, I know many are concerned about safety and do not want the steps we are taking to move forward, to mean we take a step backwards in the fight against the virus. It is crucial that we all continue to act safely and responsibly, while also enjoying the little parts of normal life that are gradually returning.
He added: “That is why I want to reassure you that the comprehensive safety measures we put in place at our stores at the start of the pandemic are still very much in place – and will remain so for as long as they are necessary.”
Its website says: “Face coverings are now mandatory for all customers in retail stores in Scotland, and in England as of 24 July with the exception of those exempted from wearing them in accordance with the latest Government advice, such as people with relevant health conditions and children under the age of 11.”
Tesco took to Twitter and posted this: “To help keep you and our colleagues safe in-store and reflect the latest government guidance, customers will be required to wear face coverings while shopping from Friday, 24 July. Face coverings will be available to purchase in-store and online (while stocks last).”
It added: “Our colleagues shouldn’t be challenging or refuse entry to customers visiting our stores without a facemask.”
The supermarket said it won’t challenge any customers not wearing a face covering.
It replied to a customer on Twitter saying: “We won’t be challenging customers without a mask when they enter or when they are in store since they may have a reason not to wear a mask.”
To date Asda has not yet issued its face mask policy.
Lidl responded with: “Wearing a face covering is the responsibility of the individual and should only be enforced by Police and council enforcement officers.”
“The government have stipulated that shop workers should not refuse entry to customers that are not wearing a face covering.”
Morrisons has not yet informed customers of its face mask rules.
Meanwhile The British Medical Association said the measures were ‘long overdue’.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the association’s council chairman, added “the uncertainty of recent weeks has done nothing to inspire public confidence”.
He warned the virus “does not discriminate between buildings” and said there must be “an absolute assurance” that other mitigating measures are in place like screens and physical distancing.
Restaurants, pubs, gyms, hairdressers, beauty salons as well as leisure centres, cinemas, concert halls and theatres are all exempt from the regulations.