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The wrong way to queue… and the right way to do it

Closing in: Shoppers clustered outside a Newcastle branch of Asda yesterday PICTURE: NORTH NEWS

WITH Britain in corona lockdown, supermarkets will now be limiting the number of customers allowed in stores at any one time.

The measures were announced yesterday, as shoppers at one Asda branch jostled with one another while waiting for the store in Benton, Newcastle, to open. They refused to back away, even when Asda workers pleaded with them to maintain a social distance. In contrast, shoppers at a Sainsbury’s in south-west London obeyed the government’s instructions to remain two metres apart as they waited to enter the supermarket. Sainsbury’s bosses announced they will also be erecting barriers outside stores and restricting the number of shoppers allowed inside. Waitrose also said its supermarkets and convenience shops would be limiting customer numbers.

Keeping their distance: Sainsbury’s customers in London show how social distancing should be done PICTURE: REUTERS

Their restrictions, which started yesterday, are specific to each branch based on the number of tills. Morrisons is carrying out similar precautions, and has installed plexiglass screens at checkouts. Tesco and Asda had no immediate comment on their plans.