Lidl store becomes first UK supermarket to close after workers catch coronavirus


A Lidl branch has become the first supermarket in the country to close after the coronavirus pandemic.

The German discounter was forced to close a branch on Friday after several staff members were diagnosed with a coronavirus.

Shoppers said the Middlesbrough branch on Cargo Fleet Lane closed on Friday and remained closed over the weekend due to staff shortages in the midst of the epidemic.

It is not currently known how many staff have tested positive for the virus.

Lidl said it was crucial to reopen the store as soon as possible to ensure that households have access to the essential food and products they need.

The Middlesbrough Council previously stated that the TS3 postcode area that houses the Lidl store had a high number of deaths due to Covid-19.

Those living in the area have received a brochure reminding them of the importance of following coronavirus locking guidelines.

Across the UK, Lidl has changed its hours and implemented measures to protect staff at checkouts

There have been a series of coronavirus deaths at the James Cook University Hospital in the area. It is not known what caused the higher death rate, with Middlesbrough having 559 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

In a statement, Lidl said: “All supermarkets are currently operating in exceptional circumstances, and the safety of our colleagues and customers is essential to us.

“We have been in contact with our team members who have been positive for Covid-19, to offer our support and wish them a speedy recovery.

“We fully understand that this is a worrying and difficult time, not only for our own workforce, but for the whole country.

“We have followed government advice closely throughout this period and have put in place strict measures in all areas of our business to protect colleagues and customers.

“Our teams all play a crucial role in continuing to feed communities across the country. It is therefore vitally important that we reopen the store as soon as possible, to ensure that households have access to the essential food and products they need. “


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