Police called to Home Bargains store after concerns over social distancing

Police have been called to Home Bargains in South Shields following reports that social distancing restrictions had been lifted in the store.

Monday, 4th May 2020, 5:36 pm

Officers attended the store, on Millbank Industrial Estate at around 11am on Monday, May 4 after members of the public raised concerns over the store not following social distancing guidelines.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak retailers are required to ensure shoppers stick to social distancing and monitor the number of customers in the store.

Police said officers have now spoken to managers at Home Bargains and are happy that social distancing measures are in place.

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Police were called to Home Bargains in South Shields following reports social distancing restrictions had been lifted.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that police were called to the Home Bargains store at Millbank Industrial Estate today (Monday) shortly after 11am following social distancing concerns at the store.

“An officer visited the store and spoke to management. We are satisfied that social distancing measures remain in place at the store and we will monitor the situation.”

The company has now confirmed that the correct procedures remain in place to enforce social distancing at the store and bosses have visited the site to ensure they are being followed.

Members of staff and customers had raised concerns that two metre distances were not being kept.

In response to the concerns bosses have visited the store and reassured staff and shoppers that Government guidelines are being followed.

A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “All of our stores currently have social distancing procedures in place, including our South Shields store.

“Members of our senior management team have visited the site today to ensure that all relevant procedures are being followed and to reassure staff and customers after concerns were initially raised. We have also spoken with Northumbria Police, who have confirmed that they are happy with our social distancing arrangements in store.”

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