Tesco the latest to introduce new social distancing measures

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// Tesco joins the likes of Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Waitrose, M&S in setting out new social distancing measures across stores
// This includes floor markings in car parks and at checkouts to maintain safe distances when queuing
// Protective screens on checkouts and one-way aisles also introduced

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis has written to customers setting out new measures to ensure social distancing for shoppers in the Big 4 grocer’s stores.

Lewis said there would now be floor markings in car parks to maintain safe distances when queuing, the number of shoppers in a store will be restricted, and extra hand santisier and cleaning products for trolleys will be available.

He added that new floor markings will be added to checkout areas, protective screens introduced on checkouts, and one-way aisles.


The news comes as many other grocers have introduced similar social distancing measures across its stores in recent days, including Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi and Marks & Spencer’s food stores.

“Some of these measures you will already be aware of, but I have pulled out below the new health and safety measures we are implementing,” Lewis said.

“Our social distancing plans aim to protect customers from the moment they enter our car parks, to browsing products, to paying and finally exiting our stores.

“We are constantly listening to feedback and will take all the learnings to better support our customers and colleagues at this time.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are introducing additional measures to protect our customers and colleagues, and ensure that everyone in our stores maintains a safe distance.

“We’re asking customers to help by following some simple requests when they shop with us.”

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  1. Tesco click and collect … is the customer within the safe distancing rules at all times. ( I
    understand that staff do not always put the shopping in the boot and that staff approach the driver. To view order number in the phone )

  2. Tesco in their wisdom have progressed from the sensible 2m apart queue approach outside to doing the same inside, along every aisle in my local store – the result is everything has slowed to a crawl, taking hours to do a weekly shop, with queues backing up/ getting bottlenecked all the time: covid risk is surely increased by this, expecially with the people now spending so much time in-store


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