Supermarkets will not make mouth masks mandatory: ‘Choice up to the customer’

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Supermarkets support the advice of the cabinet and mayor Femke Halsema to wear a face mask in the store, but will not oblige customers. They want to avoid discussion at the door. “The choice is up to the customer.”

This has been announced by the Central Bureau for Food Trade (CBL) on behalf of the supermarket sector. Halsema yesterday asked everyone who enters publicly accessible indoor spaces to wear a mouth mask and hopes that entrepreneurs will include this in their door policy.

The large supermarkets have jointly decided not to cooperate, because they fear discussion at the door. ‘If shops start making face masks mandatory, it is expected that this will lead to a lot of extra discussion and even aggression at the door. The industry wants to protect staff from that. ‘

‘Keep your distance’

Supermarkets are urging customers to respect the corona measures in the supermarket. With a maximum number of customers, the retailers ensure that in principle there is enough space in the store for everyone. ‘So keep your distance, come alone, do your shopping efficiently with a list and be nice to each other, even if you disagree with the choice of other customers to (g) wear a mouth mask’

Since the corona crisis, supermarkets have applied a door policy. The most important measure is that there may be a maximum of 1 customer per 10 square of retail space. In the coming days, the supermarkets want to consult with interest groups to see where there may be special shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable groups.

‘Semi-soft measure’

MKB Amsterdam, the interest group for entrepreneurs in the city, yesterday called the advice of masks a ‘semi-soft measure’ that could cause problems.





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