Although one-way systems have been ditched in favor of mandatory in-store face masks, there are still many measures to encourage social distancing in stores.
One of the main questions on people’s lips is whether or not buyers can shop with their families.
Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown measures, buyers will not be able to shop with adults from other households.
However, to make sure social distancing is possible, some supermarkets have also asked adults to shop on their own.
We’ve put together the rules for the UK’s biggest supermarkets so you know whether or not you can shop with the family.
In a video explaining the new in-store measures, Tesco mentioned a request for shoppers to shop on their own when they can.
In the video, an actor said, “Please do your shopping on your own if you can, to avoid large groups in the store. ”
Large groups in stores make social distancing more difficult.
In addition to social distancing rules, face masks are mandatory in-store – as they are in all stores in Britain.
Together, these rules limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Sainsbury’s is one of the major supermarkets to explicitly ask its customers to shop on their own when they can.
On their website, they said: “We ask everyone to send only one adult per household to our stores when possible.
“It helps us keep people at a safe distance and reduce 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 welcome if they cannot stay at home. “
Morrisons does not have public information regarding their coronavirus rules when it comes to shopping with other adults in stores.
However, according to lovemoney.com: “Morrisons encourages ‘one person per cart’ and uses a queue system if necessary.
“The supermarket has a queue for quick shoppers.
“So customers who want to do a smaller store (with a single cart) can access faster – there will also be more dedicated card-only checkouts to speed up purchases.
Morrisons says three ‘fast-buyer’ customers will be admitted for each person with a cart, while marshalls can help people choose the best queue for their needs. “
Asda doesn’t have any rules in place requiring people to shop on their own.
However, it is generally recommended that you shop on your own if you can.
Asda said it has hired additional staff to ensure in-store social distancing is managed.
Asda said, “We have created 1,000 new Asda security guards stationed at the front of every store and in the aisles of department stores.
“These colleagues will be on hand to assist customers with safety issues and reiterate government guidelines for wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing while shopping.
“Customers who don’t have a blanket when they walk into the store will be offered a pack of disposable masks that they can pay for as they shop.
“In addition, the commissioners stationed at the entrance of the store will provide disinfected baskets / carts to customers when they enter the store. “
Iceland has said it is making no further changes to its social distancing rules in light of the new lockdown restrictions.
While there are no rules discouraging families from shopping together, Iceland has a person limit on the number of people allowed in any store at any one time.
They also stressed the importance of social distancing.
On Iceland’s website, it says: “We have made further updates to our store policies to strengthen our health and safety measures in accordance with government guidelines.
“These include the agreed limits on the number of people in our stores, signage and floor markers to try to ensure that customers maintain distances of 2m / 6ft.
“We also stress the importance of social distancing in all of our stores. ”
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Low-budget supermarket Lidl has not said it will put in place rules to prevent adults from shopping together.
However, during peak hours, they manage the number of people in the stores at all times.
Lidl said: “During peak hours, a designated person will be placed at the entrance of the store, ensuring that the number of people in the store remains a safe limit. ”
They also introduced a traffic light system to notify customers when stores are busiest and empty.
For the best shopping experience, it is recommended that you shop between 2 p.m. and closing time.
Likewise, Aldi has not explicitly set any rules that prevent multiple adults from shopping with each other.
But they warned that during peak periods they would restrict entry to their stores.
This might cause them to ask some adults to do their shopping on their own.
On top of that, Aldi said: “At the moment we are all looking out for each other, and your safety remains our number one priority.
“This is why most Aldi stores have a traffic light system to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be followed easily and safely.
“Our busiest time is between 11 am and 3 pm, so by extending our hours of operation you have more time to shop safely. “