Is this really ESSENTIAL shopping? Britons ignore order to only leave the house for basic necessities as shoppers buy paint, garden tools, mirrors and a LAVA LAMP
- Boris Johnson said Britons should only shop for essential food or medicine
- But many are flouting the instructions and stocking up on DIY equipment
- The shoppers are risking fines from the police under new emergency laws
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Britons have brazenly flouted Boris Johnson’s strict instructions not to leave home other than for essentials, by stocking up on homeware and DIY equipment.
Shoppers in Stockton-on-Tees have been spotted emerging from B&M with a variety of non-urgent items including a lava lamp, paint a houseplant and doormats.
B&M has remained open as it sells essential products including food, groceries and pet food, but many shoppers appeared to stock up on other goods inside the store.
The flagrant disregard for the strict orders further risks spreading coronavirus as the Government desperately wants the public to remain at home.
Shoppers in Stockton-on-Tees have ignored Government advice and started stocking up on DIY equipment and lava lamps
Boris Johnson had issued the British public to only leave the house to shop for essential items such as food or medicine
On Monday, Mr Johnson addressed the nation, ordering people to only leave home for essential shopping such as food or medicine, or for one form of exercise per day.
The harsh measures came into effect after many had been ignoring previous instructions to remain indoors and maintain social distancing.
The PM said the police will have the powers to enforce the lockdown measures through fines and dispersing gatherings, but it appears that has not discouraged everyone.
The Government hopes its policy of self-isolation and social distancing will help to delay and slow the peak of the pandemic and allow the NHS to cope.
The shoppers were spotted carrying non-essential items to their cars, risking further spreading the virus
The shoppers were taking advantage of the small queues but they could risk fines if the police deem their outings non-essential
While it may be an opportune time to redecorate at home, the Government said in no uncertain terms that Britons should not leave be buying anything other than essential food and medicine
Those who do venture outside have been advised to remain at least two metres away from anyone not from their household at all times.
A number of shops still open have implemented their own measures to ensure its customers do not further spread the contagious virus.
Many are only allowing a certain number of shoppers in at one time, while the rest have to queue outside in designated spaces, maintaining distance from each other.
Those who do venture outside have been advised to remain at least two metres away from anyone not from their household at all times
Tesco boss Dave Lewis has written to customers saying staff will draw new floor markings in the checkout areas, install protective screens on checkouts, and introduce one-way aisles.
‘Our social distancing plans aim to protect customers from the moment they enter our car parks, to browsing products, to paying and finally exiting our stores,’ he wrote.
And in a letter to customers, Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said the number of people allowed in stores and at ATMs at any one time will be limited.
Social distancing markers on the floor of a supermarket in Westminster, where stores are notably quieter as many work from home
These shoppers waiting to access a Tesco supermarket in London are adhering strictly to social distancing rules
He said queuing systems will be put in place outside stores and people are urged to arrive throughout the day to avoid long queues forming in the morning, and encouraged people to pay by card.
‘We will be reminding people in stores to keep a safe distance from other customers and from our colleagues,’ he said.
Mr Coupe said the number of checkouts will be reduced and screens will be introduced.
Elsewhere, shoppers at Asda have seen changes including markers on the floor to help customers keep two metres apart, barriers, signs and announcements. The supermarket has also asked shoppers to ditch cash in favour of card payments.
Tape marks out 2 metre sections on the floor to implement social distancing measures at the Tesco store in Peterborough
This Sainsbury’s store in Peterborough has placed markings on the floor to make it easier for customers to adhere to the social distancing rules
Coronavirus UK: New lockdown measures in full
People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following ‘very limited’ purposes:
Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible.
One form of exercise a day.
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary.
Meanwhile, the PM has announced a ban on:
Meeting with friends.
Meeting with family members you do not live with.
All weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies but excluding funerals.
All gatherings of more than two people in public.
The PM said the police will have the powers to enforce the lockdown measures through fines and dispersing gatherings.
To ensure people comply the government is also:
Closing all shops selling non-essential goods.
Closing all libraries, playground, outdoor gyms and places of worship.
Parks will remain open for exercise, but will be patrolled.
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