Coronavirus Shops & Markets

Sainsbury’s to enforce one-adult-per-household rule in stores

By David Prior at

Sainsbury’s is to enforce a new one-adult-per-household rule in its stores.

The retailer, which has shops in Hale, Altrincham and Timperley, announced the change this morning in a move to keep its workers better protected.

Chief executive, Mike Coupe, said: ““From today, we are asking everyone to please only send one adult per household to our shops.

“This helps us keep people a safe distance apart and also helps reduce queues to get into stores. 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 of course are welcome if they are not able to stay at home.”

The retailer will however be loosening restrictions on the purchase of most items from Sunday.

Coupe said that as panic-buying had reduced, its shelves were largely full throughout the day.

“People have been queuing to get into our stores when they open in the mornings, but customers are now finding they can shop at any time of the day and feel confident in finding most of what they need,” he said.

“Most people are now just buying what they need for themselves and their families. This means we now often have stock on the shelves all day and at the end of the day.”