Supermarket queues set to return as retailers told to limit number of customers in-store


Supermarkets have had to adapt their way of operating this year with implementing strict safety rules into stores. With a new strain of the virus proving to spread more quickly, they are being told they must further limit the number of customers in-store at any one time.

“Where necessary we are using discretion, but like all supermarkets we’re asking people to come alone if possible to support social distancing in our stores.”

While limiting the number of customers in-stores has always been important, social distancing in-store can be tricky.

The number of customers in supermarkets is set to become tighter in fear that supermarkets could become a hotspot for coronavirus.

Ministers are said to have told councils to place further limits on the number of people allowed in shops. 

The discount retailer’s chart shows that the quietest period is in the evening from 7pm onwards until closure. 

While this can differ between stores, picking an evening time slot to shop can help reduce queues outside.

According to Google data, the quietest times to visit a Tesco is typically during the week between Monday and Thursday within the first hour of opening or within the last hour before closure.

Much the same as Tesco, Sainsbury’s quietest time to shop is typically before 10am during the week. 

If customers can’t get to a supermarket, retailers are still offering home delivery, although they are extremely high in demand. 

In other supermarket news, Morrisons recently extended its Click & Collect service to 447 across the country.

The service is also available without an additional delivery charge and is contact-free.

Customers can also pick a time slot that best suits them.

With up to 37,000 slots available every day, the service allows customers to complete an order and then select the collect from a store option.




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