Stoke-on-Trent’s top health boss has called for major supermarkets to ban shoppers who refuse to wear a face mask.
Morrisons became the first major supermarket today to confirm customers would be asked to leave the store if they refuse to wear a facemask.
If approached by staff they will have to prove they have a medical exemption.
Supermarket bosses hope this will help stem the spread of the mutant strain of coronavirus tearing through the UK.
Now Paul Edmondson-Jones, the director of social care, health integration and wellbeing at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, has called on Tesco, Aldi, Waitrose, Lidl, Co-Op, Marks and Spencer, Costcutter and Spar to follow suit.
Taking to social media, he said: “I hope you are going to be doing the same thing.
“Put simply you would help reduce transmission of the virus and save lives – that has to be worth the effort?.”
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It comes as the number of people to die within 28 days of receiving a positive coronavirus test in Stoke-on-Trent passed the 500 mark.
Earlier today Morrisons chief executive David Potts said his colleagues were ‘working hard’ to feed the nation during the pandemic.
He said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt.
“Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”
Sainsbury’s has now also pledged to ban shoppers who refuse to wear a mask in its stores across the United Kingdom.