Staff facing violence and abuse amid reports government wants to toughen enforcement. British supermarkets have said they will require help from the police if the government wishes to increase enforcement of lockdown rules such as wearing masks and social distancing to stem increasing numbers of coronavirus infections . The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said on Monday it was “essential [that] police support the work being done by retailers” to avoid confrontations between abusive customers and shop workers . Supermarkets have had measures in place since March to try to stop the spread of the virus, including mandatory face masks for everyone barring medical exemptions and social distancing. […] Andrew Opie, the BRC’s director of food and sustainability, said: “Supermarkets continue to follow all safety guidance and customers should be reassured that supermarkets are Covid-secure and safe to visit during lockdown and beyond.
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