A Hull shopper felt “helpless” after seeing a number of customers walking into a Hull supermarket without face masks.
Adam Fowler, 51, spent Sunday afternoon (September 20) shopping at Lidl when he witnessed up to ten people walking in without face coverings.
Despite notices in place on the doors stating face masks must be worn Mr Fowler, of Princes Avenue, said it was “a joke” people were not following the rules.
He said: “A lot of people were wearing face masks but there was a good nine or ten blatantly walking around without them.
“On the door there is a police notice saying coverings must be worn. It was badly placed and I know it is not up to the staff to enforce it and they are in a difficult position.”
As coronavirus cases continue to rise, with the nation going into a second lockdown on the cards, Mr Fowler says there should be some level of enforcement so people can follow the rules.
“I just thought it was ridiculous,” he said. On the edge of a potential lockdown and with all the media awareness around.
“There was no intention at all to get a face mask. There was no effort at all.
“It is almost surreal because people are walking around and it is quite quiet and then to see a mixture of people shopping but blatantly abusing the law.
“I have emailed Lidl saying this is ridiculous. We have either got rules or we don’t. We are told face coverings make a difference and we need to do it.
“There has to be a mechanism in place to enforce. This issue is that currently Hull is on the edge of the R number and any moment we could go over.”
Lidl do not have the power to force customers to wear masks but say they face masks are available to purchase in-store.
A spokesperson said: "At Lidl we are closely following government guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings in our stores. Whilst supermarkets cannot enforce the wearing of them, the authorities have the power to issue either a fine or fixed penalty to those who do not comply and are not exempt.
"To help communicate the regulations we have signage in place across all of our stores and have issued updates on social media and our website.
"We also remain mindful of those who come under government exemptions such as customers with hidden disabilities. For customers that do not have a face covering, we have them available to purchase in store.
Cases in Hull and East Yorkshire increased by 13 as of 4pm on Saturday (September 20), with the total in the region now at 3,552.
Although the city is not under stricter restrictions compared to most in the north of England, locals fear of a spike in numbers could force the Government with no other option but to announce a national lockdown.
Mr Fowler says he felt like it was his “public duty” to tell people to wear a mask but admitted he felt “helpless”.
He said: “We have to be extremely vigilant but there doesn’t seem to be any enforcement in the high street.
“What goes through your mind when you see these people is that you partly think should I say something but you don’t want to cause a scene.
“You feel helpless. It is just so blasé. You feel as though you have a public duty to remind people to put a mask on but you don’t know how they are going to react.”