Morrisons has enforced face mask wearing as the borough battles a rise in Covid cases, the supermarket chain has announced.

It comes after a resident shopping in the Morrisons, Peel Centre, noticed people not wearing face masks in the supermarket.

He said: "You should go to Morrisons lots of people wear their mask beneath their nose or just pull it down once inside, makes it all pointless."

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On Monday, January, 11, the supermarket confirmed that customers who refuse to wear a mask without a medical exemption will be asked to leave stores.

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Bosses claim they have maintained robust safety measures in stores, including plastic screens, free face coverings, managed checkout queues, and 'rigorous, regular cleaning'.

David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, 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.”

The decision earned praise from Health Secretary Matt Hancock who told a Downing Street press conference that stronger enforcement of lockdown rules is about “how everybody behaves”.

He said: “It isn’t just about the Government and the rules we set, or the police and the work that they do – it’s about how everybody behaves.

“I applaud the action Morrisons has taken today, the supermarket, they have said that they will not let people in without a mask unless they clearly have a medical reason.

“That’s the right approach and I want to see all parts of society playing their part in this.”