Asda, Morrisons and Tesco’s new rules for shopping when it rains
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 11, 2020
The Covid-19 outbreak has seen supermarket queues reach excessive lengths due to strict government measures.
Supermarkets across the UK have implemented socially-distanced queues outside of their stores to reduce the number of shoppers in their stores at once.
Since we have begun to experience bad weather, customers have now voiced their concerns for queuing outside for an extended time whilst stood in the cold and rain.
Morrisons has now been praised for its efforts to support shoppers during this time, by outlining new plans for those queuing in bad weather.
The supermarket chain will now hand out brand-new umbrellas for free to customers who are waiting outside in the rain.
In a post on their Facebook page, Morrisons announced: “No one likes to queue in the rain, and with the British summer being a bit unpredictable, we’ll be handing out Morrisons umbrellas for customers queuing outside our stores.”
Morrison’s announcement comes after Tesco amended its queuing guidelines for those visiting the store when it’s cold or wet outside.
The supermarket said instead of queuing at entrances, it would encourage shoppers to wait in their cars during bad weather.
A statement on Tesco’s website reads: “If it’s raining or particularly cold, we may ask you to stay in your car to queue – we’ll let you know when you can come in.”
Asda is also trailing a new ‘virtual queuing’ system so that you can log into the queue and wait in your car.
This is being trailed at only one store so far, but could also greatly help those who have difficulty queueing.
There have been no announcements from Aldi, Sainsburys or Lidl as of yet to what they are doing to support shoppers queuing in bad weather.
Customers were delighted in reaction to the news of Morrisons offering out free umbrellas.
Damian Parker from Chorley said: “Amazing news! If you are queueing up waiting to get in Morrisons and it starts to rain… you will receive a swanky new morrisons umbrella.
“Dont get that at Asda, Tesco or even the wonderful Aldi. Just saying.”
Morrisons has also recently introduced a fast lane for those who are popping in for a few essentials.
The ‘Speedy Shopping’ lane is open for customers who only need to use a basket, meaning they won’t have to queue for too long.
The supermarket chain has now started letting three people using baskets into a store for every one person using a trolley for a big shop.
Morrisons previously announced: “We’ve introduced our new Speedy Shopping lane if you’re just popping in for a few essentials and only need to use a basket.
“There’s also a designated till for you to use, to help you get on your way quicker.”