Will the new coronavirus restrictions see the return of queues outside Scottish supermarkets?


Scotland will tighten its restrictions on coronaviruses from Monday following an increase in the number of new cases in recent days.The Scottish government has announced that 221 people have tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday over a 24-hour period.

This is the highest daily figure recorded since May 7, when 225 positive tests were returned during the peak of the outbreak.

The number of Scots allowed to congregate inside and outside will now decline as the government tries to manage the increase in the number of cases.

Queue of shoppers using social distancing outside an Asda supermarket

Six people from two households will be allowed to meet from Monday.

It will also end the possibility for large groups of people to shop in Scottish supermarkets.

But with the number of cases almost equal to the strongest of the pandemic, will we see the long queues in stores return?

The British Retail Consortium – which represents the supermarkets – said there would be no direct impact on regular trips to the store.

Nicola Sturgeon announced new restrictions on family reunions earlier this week

A spokesperson told the Mirror: “The new government restrictions on group size will not affect the current shopping experience.

“Since the start of the pandemic, retailers have invested millions in social distancing measures to make stores safe for customers. ”

Supermarkets across the country have continued to implement rules on social distancing and wearing masks.

A spokesperson for Asda said: “Throughout the pandemic, our customers have adopted many new rules to keep everyone safe in our stores, and we are confident that they will continue to demonstrate care and consideration for each other by wearing a face mask when visiting our stores. .

“We also have signs at the entrance to the store and around the edges of the shelves to encourage customers to wear a face shield and we use Asda FM (our in-store radio) to remind customers more of this.

“While we do everything we can to strongly encourage customers to adhere to the new guidelines, the responsibility for policing and their enforcement lies with the appropriate authorities.”

Tesco said customers should wear a face mask when shopping in stores.

If you forgot to bring one, you can buy one at the entrance to each store.

At Aldi, a spokesperson said: “Customers are encouraged to adhere to government guidelines on face masks but, like other retailers, our colleagues are unable to enforce these rules. “

Supermarkets continue to encourage customers to wear face masks in stores

Sainsbury’s has said it will not “challenge” those who break the rules, as some people may have disabilities that prevent them from wearing one.

However, Morrisons will distribute some for free to buyers who forget.

Iceland has said it will not order staff to “check” face protection rules, but said customers should aim to wear one if they can.

A spokesperson said: “We welcome the additional measures introduced by the government and will support mandatory face masks in our stores, while respecting the exemptions set out in the latest guidelines.

“However, we will not put our staff at risk by asking them to control this. “


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