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Sainsbury’s limits number of customers allowed in stores

Queue: Shoppers keep distance PICTURE: ALAMY

SAINSBURY’S has begun controlling the number of shoppers allowed into its supermarkets in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In a letter to customers, chief executive Mike Coupe said: ‘We will limit the number of people allowed in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time. We will be reminding people in stores to keep a safe distance from other customers and from colleagues.’

He said queuing systems are being put in place outside stores and the number of checkouts reduced.Customers are also being urged to arrive throughout the day and to pay by card. After hearing of shoppers ‘struggling’ to book deliveries, Mr Coupe added: ‘We are doing our absolute best to offer online slots to elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. These have priority.’

Next’s 20 per cent pay boost for staff who go to work

FASHION chain Next offered to boost staff pay by 20 per cent if they went to work yesterday, despite government warnings to stay home.

The retailer asked workers to travel to shuttered sites and pick clothes for online orders ‘to keep the company operating’. But worried staff questioned if it was an ‘essential’ job under government guidelines.

A Next spokesman said ‘a very small number of staff were required to help with orders’ and stressed the arrangement was ‘completely voluntary’.