Central England Co-op has outlined its plans for in-store face coverings in its food and funeral businesses, as the retailer continues to lead the way on safety measures during these uncertain times.
The retailer, which has over 400 food stores and funeral homes across 16 counties, is asking customers to follow Government guidance and wear a face covering when visiting one of its businesses.
All colleagues will wear a face covering or visor while at work to ensure everyone plays their part in staying safe and healthy.
Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Nothing is more important to us all at Central England Cooperative than the health and safety of our colleagues and customers.
“Ahead of the official start date of the 24 July for customers to wear face coverings in shops, we will be asking colleagues to do so from today (Monday 20). This is to ensure the message is as clear and consistent as possible for everyone.
“Our colleagues have all been supplied with face masks for when they are working and will be playing their part in helping our communities to stay safe. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable wearing a face covering for up to eight hours at a time, and so are also ensuring more comfortable face visors are available to those who prefer to wear one.
“Some customers are rightly exempt from this request, for health or religious reasons.
We have made these exemptions very clear on our website www.centralengland.coop and all team members will be reminded of these important exemptions.
Priority access for NHS team members is still in place, to allow these front-line workers to be in our and out of store as quickly as possible.
“So we now ask all of our customers to wear a face covering so we know together we’re co-operating in our efforts to be safe.”
The new measures on wearing face coverings will sit alongside a range of others already in place at Central England Co-op sites, which have been very well received by customers.