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Every supermarket that will require face masks after July 19 – FULL LIST

From July 19, the wearing of face coverings in public will no longer be legally enforced. However, in recent days ministers have made it clear people will still need to wear face coverings in indoor public places or crowded areas.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s has announced it will encourage people to wear a face covering in-store from July 19.

Staff will also be encouraged to wear a mask unless they are behind a screen.

Chief Executive Simon Roberts said: “Our colleagues’ safety is vital and many of our colleagues would feel more comfortable if those who can wear face coverings continue to wear them.

“We’ve listened closely to our customers too and they are telling us the same.”

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Tesco

Tesco will be encouraging staff and customers to be “on the safe side” and wear a face covering while shopping at Tesco stores.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have focused on ensuring everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment.

“Having listened to our customers and colleagues, we will continue to have safety measures in place in our stores; these include limiting the number of people in-store at any time, protective screens at every checkout, hand sanitiser stations and regular cleaning.

“We’re asking our customers and colleagues to be on the safe side, and so from 19 July we’ll be encouraging our colleagues to wear face coverings whilst they work and encouraging our customers to do the same when they shop with us.”

Asda

Signage and radio will encourage customers to wear face coverings when shopping in Asda stores.

An Asda spokesperson said: “We encourage customers to be respectful to each other and to follow the Government guidance on face coverings when shopping in our stores after July 19.”

According to Gloucestershire Live, Asda will also provide face coverings at the front of its stores for people who may wish to wear one but have not brought their own.

Morrisons

As per WalesOnline, Morrisons said in a statement: “In England, while face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement, guidance encourages everyone to wear one in crowded areas.

“We will encourage all customers and colleagues to follow this guidance in-store, to maintain social distancing and to exercise their own judgment.

“We will also continue to offer a free face-covering to any customer or colleague who may have forgotten theirs.”

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Lidl

Lidl said customers will still be reminded to wear a face-covering in indoor spaces through signage in the store.

A Lidl spokesperson said: “We have followed Government advice throughout the pandemic and are continuing to do so as we enter this next phase over the summer.

“Following confirmation from the Prime Minister that the vast majority of restrictions will indeed be lifted from July 19 in England, we will begin reviewing our current COVID-19 secure measures in-store.

“Although no longer legally required, the Government recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded or indoor spaces and we will have signage in place at store entrances reminding our customers of this.”

Aldi

Aldi will also “encourage” customers to wear face coverings when they visit Aldi stores from July 19.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “From Monday, July 19, we’ll continue to encourage customers and colleagues to wear face coverings when they’re in store.

“Other measures like hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place.

“Face masks are still required for customers and colleagues in our Welsh and Scottish stores, in line with the latest guidance.”

Waitrose

Waitrose said they “recommend” customers and staff wear face coverings in-store, but acknowledged the decision is up to “each individual to take”.

A spokesman for the John Lewis Partnership, the parent company of both Waitrose and John Lewis, said: “In line with Government guidance, we will recommend that our customers and partners in England continue to wear a face-covering, unless exempt, from July 19.

“The decision over whether to do so or not, when in our shops, will be for each individual to take, based on their own judgment.

“Across all of our stores, we will be retaining perspex screens and hand sanitising stations.

“We will also maintain all of the hand hygiene and store cleaning disciplines which have served us well since the start of the pandemic.”

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Lidl knocked off the top spot as cheapest UK supermarket changes again – beaten by 20p

Each month, consumer group Which? analyses UK supermarkets to determine which is the cheapest. Comparing a trolley of 18 items, Lidl lost the top spot this month with Aldi becoming the cheapest grocer again.

Everyday throughout the month of June, Which? checked the prices of 18 items including own-brand products like apples and eggs as well as Hovis wholemeal bread.

On average, shoppers would have paid £21.61 at Aldi, which beat fellow discounter Lidl by just 20p.

Supermarket giant Asda claimed third spot while Tesco followed in fourth.

Customers shopping at Asda would have paid £21.99 for the trolley of 18 products while Tesco shoppers would’ve paid £24.21.

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“It could be worth switching supermarkets, or shopping around, if you want to trim your shopping bill.”

According to the consumer group, some of the biggest price differences included own-label free-range eggs.

Between Aldi and Waitrose there was a price difference of £1.06 while own-label chicken drumsticks had a difference of 85p.

The analysis also compared a bigger shopping trolley with 76 items to determine the cheapest supermarket.

The products included the original 18 plus 58 more like Branston baked beans and Colgate toothpaste.

Branded items aren’t always available at the discounter supermarkets and therefore this section of the analysis didn’t include Aldi or Lidl.

Asda took the top spot, costing £141.02 for the large trolley, followed by Sainsbury’s costing £144.88.

Morrisons and Tesco had just £1 separating them, with Morrisons’ trolley slightly winning at £150.87.

Which? has said it can’t compare exactly the same items each month because products aren’t always available but according to its data, Asda has been the cheapest ‘big four’ supermarket for more than a year.

It has claimed the title every month since January 2020.

Asda was £20.77 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket Waitrose, where customers would have paid £161.79.

In other news, lockdown restrictions are set to ease further on July 19.

This could see the wearing of face masks no longer a legal requirement.

Sainsbury’s said: “We are reviewing the latest guidance and will keep customers and colleagues updated on our plans.”

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Savvy mum-of-four shares how she paid just £10 for £90 supermarket shop – tips and tricks

Supermarkets as well as coffee chains, have started to partner up with Too Good To Go to help customers get their hands on food that would otherwise go to waste. One savvy mum-of -four, Sarah Whitfield from Warrington, has shared how she managed to save £83.70 using the app.

She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I got a mystery box from a store called The Bridge Hub. I try to pick up these boxes twice a month as they really help to feed my family on a budget.

“You never know what you are going to get, and that’s what makes it exciting. We usually find that at least most of the groceries are suitable for us to use over the course of the week.

“I pick up these boxes between 11 and 12 on either a Tuesday or Thursday, and with my most recent one I was impressed to find that the items were originally worth £93.70 in total.

“This means I saved £83.70 by using the mystery box service, which will make a big difference! I got 36 items in total, so I worked out that means I got each item for an average of about 27p.”

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“I worked out that this section of the shop cost me £2.43, and it was worth £19.78, so I saved £17.35!”

Sarah also bagged herself plenty of dairy items as well as meat options including sausages.

Snacks, cereal and juice were also included in the box.

The savvy shopper explained that she made use of the Too Good To Go app to book the mystery box collection.

She said: “It’s really good for bargains and discounts. You have to check it numerous times a day to find different deals.

“The enchilada kit meant I could whip up a quick meal which everyone loved, and my son loved mixing the brownie mix to make a batch of treats.

“I also made several pasta dishes using the meat I got in the mystery box, and I made some snack plates for the kids using the fruit and vegetables.

“We are a family of six so it all goes quite quickly. Anything we don’t use straight away gets frozen or anything we won’t eat gets given to family and friends.”

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk said: “Sarah has made a truly impressive saving with this mystery box haul.

“Making the most of apps such as Too Good To Go is a great way to try out new products you wouldn’t usually buy at a fraction of the price, while also helping to combat food waste.

“More and more members of our community are sharing their zero waste recipes and meal hacks on our cheap supermarket cooking group on Facebook, so hopefully stories like this one will raise awareness of how you can both pick up bargains and save food from being thrown away.”

Morrisons, Pret A Manger, Costa and fast-food restaurants are amongst those operating on the app.

It can be downloaded onto mobile devices and users can scan their local area to see which retailers are offering discounted goods.

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ASDA shoppers stunned by supermarket staff member’s response to elderly blind customer

Michael Fuller, who has been blind since he was born and is now 71-years-old, formed a close bond with staff member Kieran O’Rourke who works as a front-end runner. Mr O’Rourke helps Mr Fuller do his shopping almost daily before walking him safely to the front door of his house. As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Mr O’Rourke guides Mr Fuller around the shop by holding his arm, as well as picking up all of the items he needs before packing his backs and helping him pay.

He said: “Kieran’s such a nice, helpful lad; it’s such a pleasure to do my shopping with him.

“Before we start off I will give him a rough idea of what I’m looking for because I know where most things are in the store and in what order we need to go. Kieran remembers what I usually get and he also points out new items and things I may like too.

“I go on most days and that’s the idea so I don’t have to get an awful lot all in one go.”

Mr Fuller explained that he would be lost without the help of both the 23-year-old and the rest of the shop staff, who frequently assist him during his visits.

He added: “The store’s on a very, very busy road. Getting there is traumatic enough, but I do need some help getting back with my shopping and Kieran kindly brings me back. He is really, really good.”

Since joining the store three years ago, Mr O’Rourke has helped Mr Fuller on an almost daily basis.

He said: “He’s a really good bloke and he’s always saying that our store is the best. We’ve developed quite a bond and we get on really well.

“Michael doesn’t do big shops, but comes in for bits and pieces almost every day. He doesn’t have a list, he just does it from memory. He may come in twice a day if he’s forgotten something!

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“We talk about all sorts really – how his wife is, what he got up to when he was younger. He loves cooking and is always giving out tips too.”

Despite living on the same road as the Asda Strelley store in Nottingham he shops at, Mr Fuller has to walk across a busy road which can take a long time if he does not have someone there to help.

Asda has nominated Mr O’Rourke for a service superstar award because of his kindness, though he claimed to just be doing what comes naturally.

He said: “I think it’s nice to treat someone the way you would like to be treated if you were in a similar situation.”

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Laura Morris, the store manager of Asda Strelley, said: “Michael comes to our store particularly because of Kieran’s help and is extremely grateful. He told us he’s our customer for life as he doesn’t receive the same level of customer service from anywhere else he goes.

“Kieran is amazing with all his customers, but with Michael he definitely goes above and beyond. Well done Kieran, keep up the great work.”

ASDA shared the story on its Facebook page, quickly garnering over 48,000 likes and numerous comments praising Mr O’Rourke.

Responding to the post, one shopper wrote: “Fabulous.. Kieran is certainly going the Extra Mile ..You just can’t beat great customer service ! Well done Asda for employing such a wonderful young gentleman.”

Another said: “Lovely story. You’re a gentleman for helping this guy, it will mean so much to him.”

“What a lovely story and how lovely is Kieran, his Parents must be so proud of him. He must make shopping a pleasure for the Gentleman he helps. They must really enjoy each other’s company,” praised a third shopper.

A fourth exclaimed: “What a lovely story, well done Kieran for helping this gentleman you definitely go the extra mile, so nice to see good people making good news.”

Additional reporting by Rachel Pugh.

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Customer Fatally Shoots Cashier in Argument Over Mask at Georgia Supermarket

A customer who argued about wearing a face mask at a Georgia supermarket shot and killed a cashier on Monday and wounded a deputy sheriff working off duty at the store, law enforcement officials said.

The gunman was shot by the deputy, and both are expected to survive their injuries, according to law enforcement officials.

A suspect, identified as Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Ga., was arrested by DeKalb County Police Department officers “as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the supermarket,” according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The gunfire occurred inside a Big Bear supermarket in Decatur, Ga., about 10 miles east of downtown Atlanta, just after 1 p.m., officials said. That is when Mr. Tucker was checking out of the supermarket and got into an argument with a cashier about his face mask, the bureau said in its statement. Mr. Tucker left the store without purchasing his items but immediately returned.

“Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her,” the bureau said. He then began shooting at the deputy, “who was attempting to intervene while working off-duty at the supermarket,” the bureau said.

The cashier, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and pronounced dead, officials said. Mr. Tucker was taken there, too, and was in stable condition.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center and listed in stable condition, officials said.

The deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest and it likely saved his life, Sheriff Melody M. Maddox of DeKalb County said at a news conference.

A second cashier was “grazed by a bullet” and treated at the scene for her injury, according to the bureau.

A man who indicated he was Mr. Tucker’s father declined to comment Monday night when reached by telephone.

The shooting came more than a year into a pandemic that killed nearly 600,000 people in the United States and prompted health restrictions that crippled many businesses. For some, the public health rules prompted cries that personal freedoms were being violated.

Enforcing the wearing of masks in public places became, at times, dangerous.

An Iowa man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting and spitting on another man last year in a fight over how he was wearing his mask. An 80-year-old man died after he was pushed to the ground by a fellow bar customer whom he had asked to put on a mask.

And last June in Los Angeles, Hugo’s Tacos temporarily closed its two locations in the city because, it said, its staff was “exhausted by the constant conflicts over guests refusing to wear masks.”

Enforcing mask policies had become a new American pastime.

Even on commercial airliners — where passengers have long been accustomed to invasive security searches, rising baggage costs and overbooked flights — federal officials said there was a “disturbing increase” in unruly passengers after airline crews sought to enforce mask and other safety regulations.

But that began to change as more people were vaccinated and warmer weather allowed for safer gatherings outdoors, where transmissions were less likely to occur.

Soon, restrictions began to fade. In New York, for example, officials have announced plans to roll back restrictions and hold a parade for essential workers.

But not every part of the country was succeeding against the virus at the same pace. Just last month, the city of Decatur extended until at least June 21 its requirement for people to wear a face masks when entering any building in the city, except religious establishments, Decaturish.com reported.

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Cheapest UK supermarket named – discounter Aldi knocked off the top spot

A monthly comparison by Which? looked at the prices of 20 essential grocery items including apples, eggs and bread. Over the 30-day period, prices of the food were analysed in different supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose to determine the cheapest.

Own-brand raspberries also had a £1.20 difference, and large free-range eggs, which had a £1.13 difference. 

In April, Aldi took the top spot as the cheapest UK supermarket.

Which? also compared costs for a trolley of 82 items across branded and unbranded items at Waitrose, Ocado and the “big four” retailers.

For the 16th month running, Asda claimed the top spot with a £159.11 bill for 82 items. 

It was £6.11 cheaper than Sainsbury’s, who came in second at £165.11.

Asda was almost £23 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket Waitrose, which would’ve cost customers £181.60.

Surprisingly, Tesco was the second most expensive retailer, with the large trolley of goods costing £168.88.

The shopping list combined the original 20 items plus more including Chicago Town pizzas, Hovis bread and own-label foods.

Ele Clark, Which? retail editor, said: “The weekly supermarket shop can have a big impact on people’s wallets.

“However, our latest analysis shows shoppers don’t have to pay over the oods for their favourite groceries if they go to Lidl, which was the cheapest supermarket in May.

“If you’re after a wider selection of branded goods, shoppers could make a big saving by heading to Asda, which is currently the cheapest of the ‘big four’ supermarkets.”

According to data from market research company Kantar Worldpanel, people have spent an additional £3.8billion in supermarkets over the past three months compared with the same period in 2019.

The company said the surge has come thanks to the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, with more feeling safe to enter supermarkets.

Shoppers also made 58million more visits to the supermarkets this May than they did in May 2020.

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Food shop alert as YOUR supermarket bill set to soar due to EU red tape

The alarm was sounded by the British Retail Consortium, which also noted rising global food prices. Boris Johnson’s new Brexit trade deal with the EU took effect in January.

This reintroduced customs checks on the trade of many products between the bloc and Britain.

It also resulted in some checks on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

This move infuriated Northern Irish unionists who are demanding the inspections are scrapped.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said UK food prices could increase later this year.

She commented: “Global food prices are currently at their highest in seven years, shipping costs have risen threefold since 2019, and commodity prices are climbing.

“We will likely see these costs filter through in the second half of this year, and with the additional Brexit red-tape this autumn, retailers may be forced to pass on some of these costs onto their customers.”

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has reported a sharp rise in costs this year due to Brexit related red-tape.

It expects to pay between £42m and £47m in additional costs this year, versus £16 million in 2020.

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It said: “The free trade agreement with the EU means we will not incur tariffs on our core UK sales.

“However potential tariffs on part of our range exported to the EU, together with very complex administrative processes, will significantly impact our businesses in Ireland, the Czech Republic and our franchise business in France which we are actively working to mitigate.”

Whilst Britain formally quit the EU in January 2020, it remained closely tied to the bloc until the end of December, during the Brexit transition period.

During this time the UK remained part of the European Single Market.

It also continued paying into the EU’s budget and imposing many laws made in Brussels.

This ended at the close of December when Boris Johnson’s new EU trade deal came into effect.

Tensions surged in Northern Ireland over the new checks, with loyalist rioting across the province in April.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost has branded the current arrangement “unsustainable”, and is urging the EU to compromise.

The UK infuriated Brussels by unilaterally deciding it would delay implementing some of the new border checks.

In response, the EU launched legal action against Britain.

 

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Naga Munchetty: BBC Breakfast host, 49, awkwardly refused bottle of wine at supermarket 

While fans also commented with their experiences of being ID’d despite being many years above the UK’s legal drinking age of 18.

One said: “This happened to me not so long ago & when I actually said I was thrilled at the compliment the young lad serving said, ‘Yeah it’s only cos of your mask, take it off you’d probably be walking away with the wine’. Talk about crashing & burning…” (sic)

Another replied: “That’s brilliant @TVNaga01, I can fully understand why you had to show your ID! I can beat you though, I had to show my driving licence before the Amazon courier would hand over my bottle of malt whisky, (I’m 73)!”

A third commented: “Happened to me… I was 49 at the time!! Sort of flattered until I queried it, the guy said, ‘It’s not about what you look like it’s just a random check’. I asked what ID as hadn’t needed it to pop to the local shop before & he said a driving licence, ‘So I can buy wine if I’m driving?’.”(sic)

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Aldi shoppers ‘confused’ as supermarket launches first ever clothing line – ‘how strange’

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The new Aldimania clothing line has the supermarket’s logo on all of the items and comes as part of next week’s Specialbuys. Most of the garments are available to order online from April 25 and some items in store from April 29.
Specialbuys are unique and exciting products that cover a wide range of activities such as gardening, DIY and furniture. 

However, this is the first time Aldi have ever launched anything like this.

Specialbuys often prove to be a hit amongst customers but many have been left “confused” over the latest launch from the discounter.

Prices on Aldi’s clothing line range from £1.49 to £14.99, with socks and pyjamas available to pick up as well as hoodies and underwear.

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It is available in sizes small to XXL and prominently displays Aldi’s logo on the front in blue, orange, red and yellow.

The pyjama set, which will set customers back £12.99, has a smaller logo on the front of it and comes in a white short-sleeved T-shirt with matching grey shorts. 

The women’s version is available in sizes small to large, while the men’s comes in small to XXL.

However, Aldi shoppers took to social media to share their thoughts on the first ever clothing line from Aldi.

Others were less critical of the Aldimania line and expressed that they would be heading to store next week ahead of the launch.

One person commented: “So tempting, looks kind of cool.”

Another said: “The socks are the best part of the launch because they don’t have the actual Aldi logo.”

The socks come in three different styles, all costing £1.49 each. 

They also come in various different sizes ranging from a size 2.5 to a size 11.

Fans of the clothing range can complete the look with a pair of Aldimania Hipsters which cost £4.99 for a pack of two.

They come in two different colour options including a pack of vibrant red and a classic grey as well as a light blue and dark blue.

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