The new social distancing rules being brought in at every Tesco store in Sheffield

Tesco has introduced new rules at its supermarkets to help with social distancing.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 2:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 2:07 pm

Company boss Dave Lewis has written to customers setting out new measures for shoppers to adhere to during the coronavirus outbreak.

The chief executive said there will now be floor markings in car parks to maintain safe distances when queuing, the number of shoppers in a store will be restricted and extra hand santisier and cleaning products for trolleys is available.

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Shoppers queuing outside Tesco in Burngreave, Sheffield, last week (Pic: Ahmed Mohammed)

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He added that new floor markings will be added to checkout areas, protective screens introduced on checkouts, and one-way aisles.

Mr Lewis added: “Some of these measures you will already be aware of, but I have pulled out below the new health and safety measures we are implementing.

“Our social distancing plans aim to protect customers from the moment they enter our car parks, to browsing products, to paying and finally exiting our stores.

“We are constantly listening to feedback and will take all the learnings to better support our customers and colleagues at this time.”

A Tesco spokesman added: “We are introducing additional measures to protect our customers and colleagues, and ensure that everyone in our stores maintains a safe distance. We're asking customers to help by following some simple requests when they shop with us.”

As of yesterday there were 130 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sheffield.

Four people in the city have died after contracting Covid-19.

Nationally, there are 8,077 cases of coronavirus and 422 people have died.