Sainsbury’s to limit number of people who can enter supermarkets at once



Supermarkets are limiting the number of customers allowed into their stores at any one in a bid to enforce social distancing.

In a letter to customers, Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe, said: “Starting today, we will limit the number of people allowed in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time.”

He said queuing systems will be put in place outside stores and people are urged to arrive throughout the day to avoid long queues forming in the morning, and encouraged to pay by card.

“We will be reminding people in stores to keep a safe distance from other customers and from our colleagues,” he said.

Locally Sainsbury’s has branches in Hanley, Stoke, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek, Biddulph, Stafford, Alsager, Crewe and Nantwich.

Mr Coupe added the number of checkouts will be reduced and screens will be introduced.

He wrote: “Many of you have written to me to tell me you are elderly or vulnerable and are struggling to book online delivery slots.

“We are doing our absolute best to offer online delivery slots to elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. These customers have priority over all slots.”

Other supermarkets have also brought in similar measures.





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