‘Shut it up’ – readers react to Covid-19 cases at Tesco store in Coventry

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Staff and customers at a Tesco supermarket were seen without a mask in the weeks leading up to a “small number of colleagues” testing positive for Covid-19, according to CoventryLive readers.Buyers responding to our story today (August 4), claimed there was a lack of face coverings ahead of business and called for the temporary closure of the Coventry’s Arena Park branch.

Earlier today, the food giant said that “the safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority” and they are currently liaising with health officials about the outbreak.

The number of employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 is unknown and the store remains open as usual.

On the CoventryLive Facebook page, Mandy Kelly wrote: “We were here today with masks, hand sanitizers etc. Some people walked past us without masks or cords to indicate that they were exempt from it, so I asked a member of staff if they should be challenged. and they were told that they were not allowed to challenge. Not fair to staff or customers. ”

Dan Collins replied, “When half the staff don’t wear masks either, they don’t have the right to challenge people not to wear masks anyway, whether they are asked or not.

Kara Brett asked, “Is that the reason all the staff wore masks today?” But the last few weeks, they haven’t bothered each other?

Kerry Sherrad-Smith went further, writing: “Working with the authorities is not enough. It should have been closed as soon as these cases were announced.

“Welcome to wave 2.”

Pauline Coulter agreed, writing: “Must be closed until a thorough cleaning has been done.”

Marie Good spared a thought for the affected staff, sending the message: “I hope everyone gets well quickly.”

Andy Holdcroft took a broader view from the perspective of supermarket workers.

He said: “Store staff have an unpleasant position: they are constantly exposed to potential infections.

“The Tesco staff in Leamington where I shop always have my sympathies: When the mask requirement came in, I didn’t see any customer without one for several days, but in one week I noticed that 50 % of them were unmasked in a single visit. . ”

Responding to our previous report, a Tesco spokesperson said: “A small number of colleagues at our store in Coventry Arena have tested positive for Covid-19.

“The safety of our colleagues and clients is our number one priority and we engage with public health authorities, following their advice and taking all necessary precautions. ”

It is understood that Tesco strongly advises all colleagues to wear headgear, but some may not be due to health concerns or if they are behind a protective screen.

CoventryLive has also reached out to Coventry City Council and Public Health England for their comment.

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