Social distancing at Sainsbury's likely to last until September, says boss

Sainsbury's - which has branches in Scarborough and Whitby - says that customers are likely to see disruption to their shopping until September amid the coronavirus pandemic.

By Sue Wilkinson
Thursday, 30th April 2020, 8:53 am
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 8:55 am
Sainsbury's in Scarborough
Sainsbury's in Scarborough

Its boss Mike Coupe said socially-distanced queues were likely to remain "for the foreseeable future".

In a trading update, the supermarket said it saw huge demand for groceries in March as concerned shoppers stockpiled goods.

In common with other retailers, the UK's second-largest supermarket chain has brought in a number of measures in an attempt to keep customers and staff safe during the pandemic, as well as cope with the surge in demand for food.

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They included installing screens at tills, increasing cleaning and recruiting thousands of temporary staff to work in-store, as drivers and in warehouses.

Sainsbury's said that those additional costs, as well as weaker demand for clothing and fuel, could result in a £500 million hit to its profits.