Sainsbury’s bans families and couples shopping together in supermarkets

England is plunging into a second national lockdown this week with new restrictions imposed upon our daily lives.

Under the new rules coming into force on Thursday (November 4), people are being asked to stay home for four week unless for education, exercise, work (if not possible to work from home), medical reasons or to buy food and essentials.

Supermarkets will remain open, however, so people can still do their usual shop.

And as the country prepares for the lockdown, many of the UK’s major supermarkets are tightening up their rules to ensure shoppers and staff are kept as safe as possible while in store.

Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Lidl have all instated in their own measures to keep people safe, and to ensure they don’t run out of essential items.

People observe social distancing while queuing at a Sainsbury’s supermarket
(Image: PA)

And now Sainsbury’s has asked people to shop alone where possible, as bosses try to reduce the number of people inside its stores at any one time.

This means that couples will not be allowed to shop together, and families should only enter shops with each other if children are not able to stay at home.

A message on the Sainsbury’s website reads: “We have limited the number of people in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time.

“We have also put queuing systems in place outside stores and ask you to queue at a safe distance of two metres apart.

“Our store teams will be asking groups with more than one adult to choose one adult to shop and will ask other adults to wait.

“Children are welcome if they are not able to stay at home.”

For the full list of new rules coming into force under the new lockdown, click here.

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