Aldi has announced that all customers will be required to wear a face mask when visiting its stores across the UK unless medically exempt.
This rule will come into effect from tomorrow (30 November) as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the re-introduction of face masks as a result of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, branded as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation.
The changes come after the UK eased Covid-19 restrictions in the summer, however, face masks remained compulsory in shops across Scotland and Wales.
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“The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority,” Aldi UK chief executive officer Giles Hurley said.
“Following the latest government announcement, wearing a face-covering will be mandatory for everyone that shops at Aldi from 30 November, except for those who have a medical exemption.”
Other measures such as hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place.
According to analysis by The Grocer, the Big 4 are on average £8.32 (18 per cent) pricier than Aldi for a basket of 33 “everyday grocery items”.