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    Supermarket chain in Milton Keynes set to introduce 'face mask marshals' to ensure compliance

    A supermarket chain in Milton Keynes is set to introduce new 'face mask marshals' to ensure that rules on wearing a face covering in the store are followed.

    Asda are in the process of hiring 1,000 of the new marshals to work at its stores across the UK.

    Shoppers can expect to see the marshals both at the entrance to the store and in shopping aisles around the store too.

    Customers who are not wearing a face covering and are not exempt will be told to purchase a pack of disposable ones.

    The new marshals will also be able to provide guidance to customers on the new rules.

    Chief Operating Officer at Asda, Anthony Hemmerdinger, said: “We know that safety remains a key priority for our customers and we will continue to do all we can to keep them and our colleagues safe in store, as we have since the start of the pandemic."

    “These additional measures will make our stores an even safer place to shop and work during the coming months.”

    The news comes as Tesco in Milton Keynes has said it is introducing limits on some key household essentials, just days after its chief executive appealed for no "unnecessary" panic buying as coronavirus restrictions are tightened.

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