Sainsbury’s prohibits couples from shopping together to reduce queues and improve social estrangement

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Sainsbury’s has today banned couples from shopping together in its latest measures to help control the coronavirus crisis.

The supermarket giant says if more than one adult arrives at one of its stores, staff will ask the group to choose who goes inside to do their shopping, with the rest waiting outside.

It follows similar movements introduced in the rival chains Tesco, Aldi and Waitrose.

However, parents with children who cannot stay home alone will still be allowed inside the building, the owners added.

Sainsbury's bans couples from shopping together in its stores as part of its latest measures to help control the coronavirus crisis

Sainsbury’s banned couples from shopping together in its stores in its latest measures to help control the coronavirus crisis

This is the most recent policy change to limit the number of people walking through the stores and reduce wait times.

In a letter to customers, Sainsbury President and CEO Mike Coupe wrote: “Starting today, we are asking everyone to send only one adult per household to our stores.

How supermarkets apply social distancing rules

Sainsbury’s is not the first company to ban couples from shopping together after Waitrose, Tesco and Aldi all announced similar policies.

Hundreds of supermarkets across the country are trying to limit the number of in-store buyers at once by installing a queue system.

Once inside, many taped the workshop to indicate the two-meter gaps customers are asked to leave between them.

Additionally, some stores, including Tesco, have set up one-way aisles to limit the chances of shoppers crossing paths when they move through the store.

Protective screens are also installed at the manned cash desks to try to stop the spread of the virus between staff and customers.

“This helps us keep people at a safe distance and also helps reduce the queues to enter stores.

“Our store teams will ask groups of more than one adult to choose an adult to shop and ask other adults to wait.

“Children are of course welcome if they cannot stay at home.”

The move follows similar announcements from rival supermarket Waitrose, which also implemented a “one person per household” policy in its stores last weekend.

Parents have said in recent days that they have been prevented from shopping with their children as part of efforts to impose social distancing, but Asda, Tesco and Aldi, as well as Sainsbury’s, have all insisted they are allowed to enter.

The company also announced that it will complete the installation of screens in all populated boxes in each of its stores across the country in the coming days, while some of the limits it previously imposed on certain products are lifted .

Supermarket giant says if more than one adult arrives at one of its stores, staff will ask the group to choose who goes inside to do their shopping, with the rest waiting outside

Supermarket giant says if more than one adult arrives at one of its stores, staff will ask the group to choose who goes inside to shop, with others waiting outside

However, customers will still be limited in terms of the number of popular items – including UHT milk, pasta and canned tomatoes – that they can purchase at the same time.

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