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Coronavirus: Police reportedly at Waitrose in Stamford asking people to maintain the two-metre social distancing advice

Police were reportedly at a town supermarket this morning (March 24) asking people to stick to social distancing guidelines.

Officers were said to be at Waitrose in Stamford asking people to maintain a distance of two-metres apart which is recommended by the Government as they try to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The shop in West Street was said to be packed with shoppers.

Waitrose in Stamford Photo: Lee Hellwing
Waitrose in Stamford Photo: Lee Hellwing

It comes as Waitrose announced it will limit the number of customers allowed in at any one time. The limits will be specific to each branch based on the number of tills.

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A spokesman said: "Shop managers will use their judgment on customer numbers and when the shop is at capacity to manage social distancing will operate a one in, one out policy."

Floor signage is being introduced in all Waitrose stores, keeping shoppers two metres apart when queueing at checkouts. These will read: "Leave space. Leave Safe. Help us to protect you."

In a bid to protect staff from "infected moisture droplets", new checkout screens have been ordered. Where two checkouts are back to back, one will close.

Customers are being encouraged to pay via contactless and use self-service tills. Waitrose is also part of discussions to increase the contactless limit to £45.

​Bérangère Michel, partner and executive director of customer service at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “The health of our partners and customers has always been our number one priority and we fully support social distancing.

“While these measures will dramatically change how people shop and interact with others in our stores for the moment - they are absolutely vital to ensure that our customers can shop safely and that our partners are protected as they go above and beyond to serve shoppers in this time of crisis.”

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In Waitrose shops, customers are able to buy three of any specific grocery item, and a maximum of any two packets of toilet roll. Exclusions to this include fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as Easter confectionery, beers, wines, cider and spirits.

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