Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s want customers to keep wearing masks on Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this month that there would be new shopping laws for supermarkets from July 19.

The new rules mean that from July 19, people will no longer be forced to wear face masks or socially distance themselves from others.

However, a number of supermarkets – including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Lidl – have urged shoppers to keep wearing masks from Monday.

Despite restrictions ending, the new covid policy says the government "expects and recommends" masks to be worn by workers and customers.

The advice is for situations in crowded, enclosed spaces as the work from home order ends in a few days time.

Despite rules changing in England, masks are to remain mandatory in Scotland and Wales though.

Shoppers in England will have to wear masks if the store still requires it, and after the latest policy many retailers are recommending such.

However, as it is no longer a law, it can't be enforced fully.

Many supermarkets are encouraging shoppers to continue to wear masks, and are insisting on leaving signage up that recommends this.

Sainsbury's says it will encourage customers to continue wearing masks in its supermarkets, with the workplace guidance on masks stating it does not just apply to staff.

According to The Sun, the supermarket said: "Face coverings are no longer required by law.

"However, the Government expects and recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces."

Lidl, Asda, Aldi and Tesco have also all released statements asking customers to be considerate of others and saying they will encourage shoppers to wear masks.

Other retailers still encourage mask wearing too.

Primark is hoping its customers will continue to follow the recommendations on wearing masks in stores as well as promising to keep up perspex screens and hand sanitisation stations.

A Primark spokesperson told the publication: “We want our customers and colleagues to continue to feel safe in our stores.

"Even though it will no longer be a legal requirement, we hope that people will continue to think of others and wear a face covering if they can.

Meanwhile, John Lewis recommends shoppers wear them and told The Guardian: "The decision over whether to do so or not, when in our shops, will be for each individual to take, based on their own judgement."

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Unions and employers have criticised the guidance for Step 4 of the Prime Minister's plan to end the lockdown, with the TUC calling it a "recipe for chaos and rising infections".

Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the shop union Usdaw, said: "Protection for retail workers through wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing in busy public areas like shops should be backed up by the law."

The guidance also applies to offices, factories, construction sites and close contact services such as hairdressers.

Meanwhile, table service is recommended to continue in bars too, while pubs, restaurants and nightclubs are encouraged to check vaccine and testing status on entry.

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