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Why are Sainsbury's (and others) asking for continued mask wearing?
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jowly · 26/01/2022 23:22

To keep their staff well? ( many don't wear one even now)

To give customers a sense of security?

I'm very willing to wear one if there's a reasonable reason to.. and I get all the theories why we may be wise to. But why are supermarkets going for this request? Why is it in their interest?

Am I missing the obvious?

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Akire · 26/01/2022 23:24

The rules don’t change yet is it tomorrow or Monday we back on plan A? And Xmas restrictions are off?

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MrsSkylerWhite · 26/01/2022 23:25

Because it’s an easy way to help prevent transmission.

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nocoolnamesleft · 26/01/2022 23:25

We're still in a pandemic. I presume they've twigged that Boris is lifting the mask mandate well before the scientific evidence would suggest it, because he's more interested in saving his politic career than saving lives.

Pragmatically, they'd like the clinically vulnerable to still feel able to come and spend money. And they'd like enough staff to be able to work to be able to sell stuff.

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jowly · 26/01/2022 23:26

From tomorrow the rules change

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RedCandyApple · 26/01/2022 23:27

Tfl say you still have to wear them as well regardless of the rule change, hardly anyone does anyway and no one polices it.

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Cherryblossomtree99 · 26/01/2022 23:28

Because they can refuse custom to anyone they choose for any reason they choose as long as its not discriminatory against protected characteristics.

It gets them in the news. It makes them look like they are doing the right thing. People who like masks might be more likely to go there instead of Asda etc. In the long run it helps them make more money which will be why they have done it.

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DaisyWaldron · 26/01/2022 23:33

Presumably to reduce the spread of Covid for staff and customers, and because although the guidelines don't require people to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, they do encourage people to do so.

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BurntToastAgain · 26/01/2022 23:33

The rules change yes…

But the change is (as before) from ‘you must wear a mask’ to ‘you don’t have to wear a mask (but you can do so voluntarily since there’s still a pandemic going on)’.

The new rule isn’t ‘people shouldn’t wear masks’.

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PermanentTemporary · 26/01/2022 23:35

Because they're struggling with staff getting Covid and having to be off?

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2X4B523P · 26/01/2022 23:36

@Cherryblossomtree99

Only said this evening on the "who is planning to ditch masks" thread that I haven't seen anyone suggest this removal of mandate that shops will refuse entry to people without masks! I spoke to soon, and no, shops won't be refusing to let un-masked people in. They didn't up to today when it was a legal requirement unless exempt.

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DaisyWaldron · 26/01/2022 23:36

On a practical level, they want to reduce staff absence as much as possible, and for levels of Covid to stay low enough that people don't stay home doing only minimal shopping. It's to their advantage to keep community spread low.

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PurpleCarpets · 26/01/2022 23:36

I would guess because it makes commercial sense and enables Sainsbury's to tread a middle line and keep the largest number of people happy.

Most of us who want to abandon masks will do so in Sainsbury's, and Sainsbury's will not bat an eyelid. Those who are mask-anxious can be pointed to the notices and Sainsbury's can blame the government for the situation and claim that if it was down to them everyone would still have to wear them.

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PickAChew · 26/01/2022 23:38

Because covid hasn't gone away. Our city has just gone into the black for the first time. We're massively behind everywhere else.

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Icequeen01 · 26/01/2022 23:40

Because it helps people like my 82 year old mum feel slightly more comfortable about doing her shopping? Is it really so much to ask?

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TheChip · 26/01/2022 23:41

If I were running a supermarket, I think it would be a good thing to do and interesting to see the outcome.

Not only does it give somewhere for those vulnerable to do their shopping feeling a bit more safe, it will give the supermarkets an idea over what the majority of people prefer.

It will either bring in more custom, or they will lose some. Either way, it will be interesting fo see how it unfolds.

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jowly · 26/01/2022 23:41

@Icequeen01

Because it helps people like my 82 year old mum feel slightly more comfortable about doing her shopping? Is it really so much to ask?

Nope. Like I said in my original post,what is their motive.

That is makes shoppers happy was one of my suggestions
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BobBobbity · 26/01/2022 23:41

Probably some combination of:

-they thing it is the right thing to do their bit to prevent spread in the community
-staff preference
-reduce staff sickness
-customers more likely to be deterred if masks aren’t worn
-good PR

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CornishYarg · 26/01/2022 23:42

I would guess because it makes commercial sense and enables Sainsbury's to tread a middle line and keep the largest number of people happy.


I agree. They took a similar stance in July too

www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/news/latest-news/2021/140721-sainsburys-encourages-face-coverings

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ElectraBlue · 26/01/2022 23:44

Frankly I have never seen anyone being stopped in my local Sainsbury for not wearing a mask.

So I hardly think that the staff will bother to say anything now.

Just posturing from their head office.

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Mulhollandmagoo · 26/01/2022 23:49

If I had to guess, I'd say maybe to reduce staff absences? Having multiple members of staff off work for a week at a time will be killing them, they either have to be short staffed and it cause damage to their service, or cough up loads of extra money for overtime

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2X4B523P · 26/01/2022 23:50

@BobBobbity re staff preference, last time my local Sainsburys had a gradual decline in customers wearing masks but 50/50 for staff on the very first day.

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BeenToldComputerSaysNo · 26/01/2022 23:51

@BobBobbity

Probably some combination of:

-they thing it is the right thing to do their bit to prevent spread in the community
-staff preference
-reduce staff sickness
-customers more likely to be deterred if masks aren’t worn
-good PR

This. However, they have said encouraged to, not have to i.e. they won't refuse entry if you choose not to wear one.
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Whitefire · 26/01/2022 23:52

A bit of posturing, but maybe also realising that huge amounts of the country still have rates higher than when masks were mandated. Boris Johnson doing his London centric thing again.

I haven't particularly decided what I'm going to do about masks or anything come "Covid? What Covid?" day.

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Emmelina · 27/01/2022 00:09

People can’t stack shelves and operate tills from their sick beds. We still have around 100k cases a day, it hasn’t magically gone away. Isolation is still mandatory.

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Fuckedoffisanunderstatement · 27/01/2022 00:18

To attract a target market

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