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HEMA will not refuse customers without a mask. The supermarkets also do not want to have a masking obligation, not even in regions with many corona infections.

The cabinet announced tightened corona measures on Monday. In addition, the masks policy is left to retailers.

The staff of the HEMA stores in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Southeast Brabant must wear a face mask, says a spokesperson for the chain. Customers in those regions are strongly advised to wear a face mask.

In time, HEMA wants to put masks at the door in those locations, but according to the spokesperson, this will take some time. Until there is enough stock, there is therefore no obligation.

HEMA keeps an eye on the developments for the stores in the rest of the country. In the three major cities and the region around Eindhoven, stricter rules currently apply than elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, according to the spokesperson, not much will change in the HEMA shops following the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health). The maximum number of visitors to the HEMA restaurants is however being reduced here and there.

Supermarkets don’t want a hassle at the door

Supermarkets leave it up to customers whether they want to wear a face mask, the Central Food Agency reports on behalf of the industry. The companies want to avoid discussions or even aggression at the door.

Supermarket employees in the ‘red’ regions are advised to wear a face mask, but that is not mandatory either.

The CBL points out that the 1.5 meter measure is still in effect in supermarkets. At busy times, a shop assistant will be at the door more often to point out the rules to customers.

The government’s supermarkets must also reintroduce time slots for vulnerable people, so that elderly people, among others, can shop quietly and safely. In the coming days, the sector will consult with other parties involved, such as the ANBO elderly association, about the precise details.





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