Tesco would not confirm how many staff members are self-isolating (Picture: Google)
A Tesco superstore has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak forcing a number of employees into quarantine.
The outbreak comes as the supermarket giant confirmed one of their staff members recently died but did not reveal the cause of death ‘out of respect for the employee’s family’.
The company said the Extra branch in Stretford, Greater Manchester, sent home a ‘number of colleagues because of self-isolation, test and trace or Covid-19′ but did not confirm exactly how many.
In a statement first issued to the Manchester Evening News, Tesco insisted ‘extensive measures’ are in place across all their stores, including a limit on the number of customers allowed in the shops and social distancing signs.
Sanitising stations, protective screens around checkouts, face coverings and other protective equipment is in place for colleagues, the company said.
Tesco has banned any customers without a mask from entering the store (Picture: AFP)
Yesterday Boris Johnson told shoppers to be careful when touching items in supermarkets.
He told a Downing Street press conference: ‘Please remember that this disease can be passed on not just by standing too near to someone in a supermarket queue, but also by handling something touched by an infected person.’
The Government has pushed all supermarkets to be tougher on shoppers who do not comply with coronavirus restrictions.
Many supermarkets, including Tesco, have since banned any customers who are not wearing a face mask and cannot provide proof of exemption.
Tesco has also asked their shoppers to shop alone, unless they are with a carer or a child.
A spokesperson for the company said: ‘A number of colleagues at our Stretford store are off work due to self-isolation, test and trace or Covid-19.
‘The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and we are following all Government guidance, working closely with Public Health authorities and taking all the relevant precautions.
‘We have extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including limits on the number of customers in store, a “traffic light” system in many stores, social distancing signage, colleagues at store entrances to help with safety measures, sanitising stations, protective screens around checkouts, and face coverings and other protective equipment for colleagues.
‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of a colleague at our Stretford store and we’re supporting our colleagues at this difficult time.’
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