Social Distancing The Main Message

As the UK and the rest of the world comes to terms with the health crisis, social distancing is the clear message from the government as to how we can play our part to tackle the crisis. 

Supermarkets have also expressed the need for their customers to social distance whilst in the store. This can be especially tricky if a large number of shoppers are in the store at the same time. With online grocery delivery services very stretched at the moment, the only option left is for customers to attempt an early trip to the supermarket in a bid to pick up their essentials. 

Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe called on shoppers to phase their shopping trips in order to level out demand. The supermarket chain has already cut its number of checkouts and introduced screens to protect their staff.

Asda have also reduced their opening hours to 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, so they are able to restock on Sunday. Tesco have ensured that NHS staff are priority, as they continue to make heroic efforts around the nation to treat those affected by the virus. Large stores will now be open only to NHS workers between 9am and 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tesco have been vocal with their campaign to implement social distancing in their supermarkets. The campaign first made its appearance on television screens towards the end of March. 

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