Went to Tesco at Spital Hill today and went through the usual queuing system, trolley etc, and I noticed the security guard separate two Roma women, saying only one could go in at a time. I have been in there with my partner, and my partner has been in with her adult daughter, without any hindrance. When I got inside, I asked the security guy inside (different one) if the rules had changed, not telling him which rules or why, just to see what he would say.
He confirmed that the rules had changed as of yesterday, that Tesco head office had decided that only one person can shop at a time from any family or household, nor can two friends shop together.
As the lockdown seems to have been eased recently, ie I am now working again with a colleague and not on my own, using 2 metres social distancing etc, and more trains are running, why has Tesco suddenly INCREASED their lockdown rules?
When I was in store, I noticed a young couple, trolley each doing everything they should, not endangering anyone; and a security guard went over and asked them to leave!
Also, there were at least two of these security guards walking round checking people weren't together and speaking to each other via walkie talkie as in a football stadium or night club. Trust me it was very intimidating.
Also I noticed Tesco staff themselves congregating within kissing distance of one another, two, three even four at a time. This is not unique, it goes on ALL the time. I have mentioned the latter situation before to their managers, and was simply rebuffed.
Now before this comes across as telling tales, it is not as simple as that.
I really, really cannot understand why they are making customers feel so frightened of breaking these rules, when their own staff are blatantly flouting them.
My partner's adult daughter cannot shop alone, she has cerebral palsy although this is not obvious to see, but she cannot use both hands properly, and has anxiety and panic attacks when challenged.
My partner takes her shopping once a fortnight, as her daughter has a baby and likes to get her own shopping, but now they are too frightened to go to this particular store.
Is this rule for all Tescos, or just this particular branch?
I have noticed that Morrisons at Catcliffe are not as bad even though they stick to government guidelines regarding social distancing, shopping there is a safe and more pleasant experience.
Any Tesco workers please feel free to enlighten us.