Shoppers at Woolworths-owned stores are being urged to wear face coverings from Monday.

The advice applies to Woolworths supermarkets, Big W, Dan Murphy’s, BWS and ALH Hotels.

The move comes as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday raised the health advice to encourage all residents to wear a mask while grocery shopping because it was often hard to social distance.

Woolworths has requested that shoppers use face masks while in store. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
media_cameraWoolworths has requested that shoppers use face masks while in store. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

In Queensland, customers and staff across Woolworths Group stores located in areas deemed a ‘hot spot’ were last week strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.

“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,” Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.

Coles has previously said it would follow the guidance of NSW Health.

However in light of the new advice from Ms Berejiklian, the supermarket giant is expected to on Sunday update its position.

In Victoria, people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home.

Originally published as Shoppers told mask up Monday

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