The supermarket giant - which has 338 stores across the UK - announced the move yesterday, effectively banning couples from shopping together.
Said one shopper: ‘Congratulations on keeping everyone safe at Waitrose Wolverhampton. Marshalls in force ensuring only one member per household into store and the two metre distance is being adhered to in the queue.’
The move has sparked support on local Australian Facebook groups with some suggesting that Woolworths, Coles and Aldi should follow suit.
Said one: ‘We need a one person per trolley, per household rule here as well. Leave your family or partner at home, we don’t need more at risk.’ Added another: ‘Would love to see this at Coles and Aldi and Woolies. There’s simply no need to have more than one person shopping. The less, the better. Ban couples.’
Woolworths, Coles and Aldi staff have all been praised in recent weeks for doing all they can to help shoppers maintain social distancing rules amid this very tense time.
“Our social distancing measures have been well received by our customers and team members to date and we’re grateful for the community support of this important public health effort,” Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters said.
“Introducing additional measures such as packing your own bag and rotating our teams at checkouts every two hours will further support the health and wellbeing of everyone.”