Supermarket rules have changed due to COVID-19, as millions of people must adhere to social distancing measures introduced by the government. Now, people may exit their homes to shop for necessities or exercise, but movement in some stores has changed.
Can couples shop together?
Some supermarkets have gone beyond government advice and implemented their own restrictions in-store.
More than one chain has announced it will bar groups of more than one from shopping inside.
Waitrose was amongst the first to introduce the measures at the end of March, only allowing lone shoppers in its 338 UK stores from March 29.
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They announced the change after bosses voiced their concern at groups gathering in their stores, which led them to institute a “one person per household” rule.
Patrons of the supermarket praised the move, with one Twitter user calling their conduct “tremendous”.
Another added “marshalls” were placed at their local store ensuring people kept to the rule and adhered to social distancing measures.
Waitrose’s success inspired other supermarkets to follow suit.
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Aldi has capped the number of people per trolley in its stores, while Tesco has asked customers to only send one customer per household.
However, as of yet the chain is yet to enforce the changes with marshalls at the door.
Sainsbury’s announced similar measures last week and said it would ask pairs to decide who should enter one of their shops at the door.
In a letter to customers last Friday, Sainsbury’s Chief executive Mike Coupe said the measures would both protect customers and reduce queues.
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He said: “From today, we are asking everyone to please only send one adult per household to our shops.
“This helps us keep people a safe distance apart and also helps to reduce queues to get into stores.
“Our store teams will be asking groups with more than one adult to choose one adult to shop and will ask other adults to wait.
“Children are of course welcome if they are not able to stay at home.”
Supermarkets yet to introduce customer limits have tightened protection for their staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lidl, Morrisons, Aldi and Iceland have installed protective screens for staff as they serve customers.
Many stores which haven’t made these changes have given workers gloves or hand sanitiser.
Others have also provided specific opening hours for the vulnerable, elderly and NHS workers.