Aldi reintroduces face masks amid Covid Omicron variant

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.

The news comes as Aldi announced it “won’t be beaten on price” after being named Britain’s cheapest supermarket in the second major price comparison this month.

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”.

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