Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Morrisons introduce new security measures


In January, you could go to the store whenever you wanted without thinking about it. Now if you are on the go and remember that you need milk you may need to head home first to get a face cover and whatever makes you more comfortable, like hand gel or gloves.

It’s not just wearing a mask that has changed, there have been long lines and timing is of the essence, otherwise you could stay outside until other buyers have left the store.

Then when you walk inside there are plastic screens on the checkouts and self-service areas and stickers all over the floor, forcing you in certain places in a particular direction.

And as EssexLive reports, it can be difficult to remember and follow the latest supermarket rules.

We’ve listed the latest changes and trials in place at major UK supermarkets – some that are already in place and some that could be the next new measure according to Which?

Home delivery changes

Sainsbury’s started delivering all purchases in plastic bags during the lockdown to speed up deliveries – but from August 30 the supermarket reverted to bagless deliveries.

While Tesco has lifted its limit of 80 items for online orders.

Trolley cleaning machine test

Asda is testing a cart cleaning machine that will kill 99.9% of bacteria in seconds.

Asda is the first supermarket to test the new technology.

Virtual Queue System Testing

At the moment, shoppers may have to queue outside stores that limit the number of customers allowed at any one time.

But that may soon change.

Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are testing a virtual queue system that allows customers to wait in the car rather than in line.

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Discarded one-way aisle systems

Tesco has ended its one-way aisle system despite negative feedback from buyers.

While Morrisons, which previously had different queuing areas for trolley shoppers and basket shoppers, has removed its queue areas in some stores.

In-store coffees reopened

M&S, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose have reopened some in-store cafes, both for on-site and take-out meals.

Lidl has also reintroduced bulk baked goods.

Will the two-meter rule be abolished?

Since July 4, the government allows social distancing “one meter more” in England.

But so far, no supermarket has changed its current two-meter rules.

Comment Amazon aide Morrisons

Morrisons has deepened its partnership with Amazon, with the supermarket’s full line now available on the online retail giant’s website for same-day delivery to many customers.

However, the service is only available in London and the south of England.


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