Australian supermarkets now request customers wear masks in more states

Woolworths, along with several other large chain stores, have expanded their mask policy to beyond Victoria.

As fears around the second wave of Coronavirus in Australia continue to worsen, many shops are requesting customers wear masks while shopping, in order to prevent further exposure.

From Monday August 3, shoppers at any of the Woolworths Groups stores are requested to wear masks. This announcement applies to all Woolworths supermarkets, as well as Dan Murphys, Big W, BWS. In addition, a mask will be required at all AHL hotels within New South Wales and Australia’s Capital Territory.

Stores outside of the ACT and NSW, but located within COVID hot spots will also encourage people to wear masks, while there is already a universal mask rule in place in VIC.

CEO of Woolworths Group, Brad Banducci, explained that while the mask-wearing is not legally required in the new areas, it is what needs to be done to keep everyone safe.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers, teams and communities is our top priority,” he said.

“Even though wearing a face covering is not mandatory in NSW, ACT or Queensland, as the largest private sector employer with stores in almost every community, we feel it‘s important we lead the way in helping reduce community transmission of COVID-19.”

He also explained that Woolworths has provided their staff with masks and have asked them to "lead by example",  donning the face coverings at all times in-store.

“Masks and face coverings are a highly visible symbol of the persistence of COVID-19. By encouraging and role modelling their use, it will further support the steps we need to collectively take to stop the spread of the virus and keep our team and customers safe.”

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