TESCO has reopened “non-essential” sections of its stores after a lockdown confusion.
The retail giant had previously barricaded “non-essential” items, infuriating customers.
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The U-turn comes after angry shoppers took to Twitter to complain about being unable to get to clothes and other parts of the supermarket due to strict new lockdown rules.
Customers were puzzled at the sight of “non-essential” sections barricaded by garland walls and piles of Corona and Lynx Africa.
The barricades were guarded by Tesco security guards, leaving shoppers unable to purchase clothes, clothing, toys and electronics.
But the supermarket has since confirmed it reopened its upper floors on Saturday morning, and all items are back on sale.
A spokesperson said, “Our mezzanine levels are open again for customers in all of our stores.”
The store has also published its Christmas delivery slots – and is encouraging Britons to shop ashore despite strong demand online.
The spokesperson added that the retail giant has doubled the number of online slots to 1.5 million each week to help those who cannot shop in-store.
At Tesco in Walsall, West Midlands, the aisles leading to parts of the store were blocked by walls of Corona beer earlier this week.
And in supermarkets in London and Cambridge, similar blockages consisting of pallets of candy and beer have been erected to prevent shoppers from browsing “non-essential” items.
Following guidelines issued by the UK government on November 5, stores in England that have “sufficiently distinct parts” have been told they should close areas that held non-critical inventory.
Buyers had said they did not have access to baby clothes and socks due to the new restrictions.
A Tesco buyer in Streatham blasted on Twitter: “Disappointed to see after the outcry that the clothing, toys, household items, etc. sections were blocked. in one of your stores in Wales you have now done this in your Streatham Extra store.
They added, “I can buy alcohol, but not a kettle or underwear. ”
Shops were criticized for similar measures during the 17-day nationwide lockdown last month in Wales.
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UK government guidelines stated: “When a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions. between clients and the desirability of illness. spread.
“For example, a grocery store might remain open, but a household goods section on a separate floor or in a separate building should close. “
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