Sainsbury’s and a number of other supermarkets including Tesco and Lidl, have confirmed that they won’t be challenging shoppers that enter their stores without a face covering, when government rules come in tomorrow that make the wearing of face coverings mandatory in shops and other settings.

Sainsbury’s responses to a customers tweet by saying

“We won’t be challenging customers without a mask when they enter or when they are in store since they may have a reason not to wear a mask.”

Government guidance states that you don’t have to wear a face covering if you have any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability’, and would experience ‘severe distress’ from wearing one. People that lip read are also exempt.

Children under 11 are exempt, as well as those who suffer from autism.