Coronavirus: Tesco becomes latest grocery chain to impose safety measures

Supermarkets and convenience stores are introducing measures to help keep staff and customers as safe as possible amid lockdown conditions across the UK.

With non-essential retail closed, grocery outlets and pharmacies are on the front line to keep the UK fed and watered to comply with Boris Johnson’s restrictions on movement to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tesco was the latest to announce what it was doing as the industry moves to protect staff and customers.

The UK’s largest retailer said its measures included:

  • Floor markings in car parks
  • Limiting the flow of customers being allowed into stores when necessary
  • Hand sanitisers for customer and staff use
  • Floor markings and protective screens at checkouts

The rules were in line with those previously announced by rivals including Waitrose and Lidl.

Waitrose said it was bolstering social distancing measures within its stores in a bid to keep staff, known as partners, and customers as safe as possible.

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