Strict rules to stop coronavirus in Scotland could lead to a reintroduction to the supermarket queue.
The Deputy First Minister and the National Clinical Director indicated that the measures taken in the early lockdown may be needed again.
John Sweeney and Jason Leach said the two meters would be part of the rules, one-way system, trolley cleaning and queuing bids for “meter real-re-engagement”.
The Shops Union urges Usdo customers to “play their part” and “be patient”.
Speaking to the BBC Morning with Stephen Jardine, Mr Leach said: “Retail did a great job at the end of March. The calm was good but we were a little worried that some of us had dropped our watchman.
“We need to reconnect the sectors and spend the next 16 days to make sure the guidance is strong. We can keep these areas open.”
‘I’m not leaving’
He said his priority was to make these areas as secure as possible.
Mr Leach explained: “That’s why we’re asking them to go two meters to the physical distance and back to the one-way system.
“That means we have to line up a bit outside again, maybe Covid officers are helping for some of it. We need to realize the same lack of virus and it’s not ending.”
In the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the latest design designed to stop the spread of the infection.
New rules have been introduced for the hospitality sector, with the minimum restrictions affecting 3.4 million people living in the central belt.
Pubs and restaurants will be closed for more than two weeks in Central Scotland, where the infection rate is highest. Venues for other parts of the country will not be allowed to sell alcohol indoors and must be closed by 18:00.
The 16-day ban began at 18:00 on Friday and the Scottish government said traders would receive an additional 40 40 million in government assistance.
On Thursday, Deputy First Minister Mr Sweeney said the Scottish government had to take steps to block opportunities for talks where the virus could spread.
He said: “We do not want to bring the virus back to such a strong state in our community as we have in March.”
The first minister’s remarks will serve as “a reminder” for the retail sector, Mr Suinney added.
He said: “In particular we expect to set a physical distance of two meters and I think it is very clear that we all have some experience in supermarkets, for example, where to enter in a row for some strict control, washing trolleys, disinfecting trolleys, people in stores. Many of the requirements have been relaxed – to ensure that physical distance is maintained. ”
Morrison, a supermarket chain, told the BBC that its outlets already complied with the Scottish Government’s social distance requirements, but that it provided other ways for people to make their purchases without coming to the shops.
A spokesman said one of them was to expand the distribution service to more areas in Scotland.
Aldi said there was still too much space for “comprehensive security measures” to be put in stores after the epidemic began.
The retail service union Usdao also called on the public to respect retail workers as the initial part of the epidemic saw incidents of abuse against shop workers.
They said swearing was “not part of the job”.
Tracy Gilbert, the union’s Scottish deputy divisional officer, said: “As the transition progresses, we understand why the Scottish government wants to return to the original safety guidance of stores, which we developed with the Scottish retail consortium to provide a safe shopping experience for employees and customers.
“Customers need to play their part and be patient, observe social distance and show respect to the store staff. Retail workers are the key staff providing the necessary services and that role must be valued and respected.”
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