Supermarket Changes

1) Make Supermarkets all do night shifts for their shelf-stackers so they're not getting in the way of customers, or vice-versa customers in their way, and limit infection spread to/from supermarket staff. Only some limited shelf-stackers need to be day shift to replenish some stock as the day goes on. 2) Make Supermarkets disinfect all of their product packaging, especially plastic and certain types of packaging that the virus can stick to for days, so that we as virus-conscious customers don't have to, while other less safe customers don't run a risk of infecting themselves. 3) Increase the 2 metre rule for supermarket queues to 3 metres for safety precaution but also so that we don't feel as cheated by not being able to meet up with family while honouring the 2 metres, yet can be 2 metres away from complete strangers. This needs to be less close. While with family we need to have a tiny little more flexibility. 4) Give supermarkets a universal approach to handling customers.

Why the contribution is important

The supermarkets are still a main meeting point of everyone in a town or area. These places need to be carefully under review as possible spreading points of the virus. It's also not fair we're still interacting somewhat in a supermarket but not at all with our families.

by scotjs on May 08, 2020 at 08:10PM

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  • Posted by Fitoldie May 08, 2020 at 20:35

    I agree with items1,3and4. I would still disinfect all shopping though as don’t think 2 would work as other people could have handled after disinfecting.
  • Posted by TMcCurrach May 08, 2020 at 21:08

    I think this is putting even more strain on a service who are working long hours and doing their best to support us all. It is up to us the public to do what we can to support them not expect them to do even more.
  • Posted by Dragon May 08, 2020 at 21:16

    "Make Supermarkets all do night shifts for their shelf-stackers....". A lot of them do but someone still needs to stack shelves during the day to replace what we buy. There is also the issue of delivery. Not all supermarkets get a delivery slot that would allow this. There is also the issue of who is forced to work the night shift and this would also push up wages as night shift work usually comes with extra pay, which would push up prices. " Make Supermarkets disinfect all of their product packaging....". There are literally thousands of items that they would need to do this with. Even if they had the staff,, which would be a lot of staff, there would not be the facilities to do that. Again, more staff means increased prices. What about loose fruit and veg? "Increase the 2 metre rule for supermarket queues to 3 metres.....". All this would do is make for longer queues. This would mean having fewer people in the shop and in some shops, you would be stuck in an aisle waiting to get passed people in the queue. "Give supermarkets a universal approach to handling customers." Totally agree with this. In some cases the same company will have different rules in different areas.
  • Posted by Mandy2752 May 09, 2020 at 00:49

    I agree that supermarket staff are already overstretched, but depending on what time you go to my local supermarket, even the security guard allows customers to go in and come out the same door. I thought they had adopted in one door and out the other. Then there is the issue of people not knowing what 2 metres is so therefore stand right beside you, at the back of you or walk across your path. And while staff have to restock throughout the day they do refuse to budge until you ask if they can stand back for a second. It's tough for everyone but there is absolutely no point in only a handful complying to the social distancing. With the lockdown most of the spread still has to be in supermarkets.
  • Posted by rhkirsty May 10, 2020 at 10:18

    It is very important for coherency that a universal and consistent policy is implemented in supermarkets.
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