The lockdown in the UK has meant that the supermarket is one of the few places where you’re likely to come into the most contact with others, even though social distancing measures are in place. With fears over the coronavirus lurking on product surfaces as well as checkouts being deemed the most dangerous part of the shop, there are risks at every turn. But new data has revealed which supermarket chain is the safest in the pandemic.
Shoppers need to remain vigilant as they pick up their groceries, even though the lockdown rules are slowly being eased across the country.
Most supermarkets now have strict face mask policies in place, suggesting shoppers wear a face covering to stay safe from the virus.
Staff are also wearing PPE and upping the cleaning standards, as well as implementing one-way systems and perspex screens at the checkouts.
But which supermarket is doing the best job of protecting the public and its staff in the pandemic?
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The researchers did admit that this could be to be expected however, as the government has been instructing those who are considered clinically vulnerable to stay at home and avoid shopping as much as possible.
It remains to be seen if new measures will be in place in supermarkets as the rules for shielders are eased in the UK.
On guidance and signage at the entrances to the stores, 87 percent were playing their part in making sure hygiene and social distancing measures were clearly communicated.
However, only 66 percent offered hand sanitising stations, and only half of the stores had one-way systems in place to prevent crowding.
The supermarket that topped the rankings as the safest out of the six chains was Asda – with an impressive score of 82 percent.
The researchers praised the budget supermarket’s use of one-way systems and checkout screens, and it got full marks for social distancing floor markings at the tills – the only big four retailer to do so.
They also found that 78 percent of its stores offered hand sanitiser to shoppers on entry to the supermarket.
Anthony Hemmerdinger, Asda’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are pleased to have been recognised as the safest supermarket during what has been a challenging period for retailers and for our customers.
“I am proud of the fantastic work that thousands of colleagues have done to ensure our stores are both safe for our customers to shop in and for our colleagues to work in and I would also like to thank our customers for their understanding in embracing this new way of shopping.”
Tesco was the second safest supermarket in the study, scoring 80 percent in total thanks to its one way systems, clear guidance, disinfectant measures for trolleys or baskets and floor markings.
Next was Morrisons with a score of 69 percent, though it had the lowest score for its use of visible signage outside of stores.
The news is surprising as Morrisons has been leading the way in terms of innovative ways to serve its customers with food boxes and other means during the pandemic.
However, the secret shopper said: “Staff seemed to be taking it seriously and managing effectively the necessity for social distancing.”
Meanwhile Aldi had an average score of 72 percent, while Lidl scored 65 percent in the spot checks.
Sainsbury’s scored the lowest out of the six supermarkets, with a score of just 61 percent on average.