Supermarket chain bans couples from shopping together

Posted On 03 Apr 2020 at 10:26 am

One of the biggest supermarket chains in the country has today banned couples from shopping together as part of its coronavirus “social distancing “ measures.

Sainsbury’s announced its extra restriction today, going above and beyond the rules brought in by the government.

Children will, however, not be affected by the rule change.

The company, which has more than half a dozen stores across Brighton and Hove, said: “We have queuing systems in place outside stores and ask you to please queue at a safe distance of two metres apart.

“Please also try to keep a safe distance from other customers and from our colleagues when you are doing your shop.

“We have placed clear markings on shop floors to help you know what a safe distance is.

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

  1. Hoveman Reply


  2. MikeyA Reply

    So,go in separately and buy twice as much…

    • ReubenG Reply

      Your irresponsible comment is really not welcome in this crucial time. Shame on you.

      • Ben Reply

        More irresponsible are the older couple I just saw today at Sainsburys New England Street with matching backpacks who stood together until they got to the sign saying one person per household, then stood at separate floor markers until they went in!

        Totally and utterly irresponsible. Everyone saw them do it.

  3. Kingfisher Drew Reply

    So what about the disabled and their carers? Shopping alone is impossible for my elderly parents

    • Sweet Pea Reply

      Rabble Rouding again???? Just follow the damned rules, so we can get out, of the other side of this crisis!!!!!

  4. Tom Dooley Reply

    I think it’s a very good idea why buy twice as much just so you can throw half away

  5. Carla Jones Reply

    I need my husband because of me bad leg

    • bob Reply

      then he can go shopping instead of you

  6. Nixx Reply

    Sainsbury’s Lewes road is a joke outside perfect
    inside should be more organized
    People are not respecting people’s space
    there to busy on mobile telephones and just gorpping and standing still and kids are not being supervised

  7. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    More comments here that appear to have strayed from the Argus. Monitoring is needed.

  8. GQ Reply

    Good idea…except I saw people in Sainsbury’s today buying one hyacinth plant.
    I guess they must have really needed it.

  9. Miss J Bowley Reply

    Well I won’t be able to do my shopping than as my partner is my carer due to me having epilepsy and I can’t be left on my own.

    • bob Reply

      obviously you will be allowed in if you NEED another human by your side

  10. Anna Lynford Reply

    My dad and I now go to Waitrose to do our weekly shop as Sainsbury’s no longer want our custom after having shopped at sainsburys for many years got turned away last time tried to shop at lewes rd as i can’t stand due to arthritis in my spine couldn’t stand for 40 minutes tried to explain but security not interested

  11. Terry Reply

    Very wise choice; Waitrose has a much nicer selection of food and their every-day items are price matched with Tesco’s.

    Have you ever tried to eat a Sainsbury’s Sausage roll? It is similar to eating a rock solid frozen turd; tasteless and impossible.

  12. Mel Reply

    Tesco at Holmbush is very well organised and I have either been able to go straight in or only had to queue for a very short time. Staff are very friendly and helpful, cleaning trolleys as one goes in, and spraying one’s hands with sanitiser. Fortunately it is very large and spacious with a one way system to avoid gridlock in the aisles (although this does not seem to stop stupid people from standng chatting to one another).

    How different from the tiny Co-op at the Seven Dials, where it is impossible to keep more than a couple of feet away from other shoppers or staff working there.

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