Sainsbury’s shutting some UK stores due to coronavirus outbreak

Major Brit supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced it is temporarily closing a small number of convenience stores.

These will be at 12 locations experiencing extremely low shopper numbers due to the coronavirus outbreak, such as at railway stations.

A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: "These are stores that have seen significantly fewer customers in recent days as people are working from home.

"All colleagues will move to neighbouring stores until these stores re-open."

It is not yet known which locations the stores are closing at.

Sainsbury's, which trades from over 600 supermarkets and about 800 convenience stores, made the announcement this afternoon as grocers continue to come under pressure from panic buying shoppers up and down the UK.

The Covid-19 outbreak and UK lockdown have seen thousands of customers stripping shelves bare in the larger supermarket stores.

The stockpiling has already forced the likes of Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda to limit the number of products customers can buy.

They have also changed opening hours and set aside one-hour windows for the elderly and vulnerable to shop in.

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And yesterday Tesco revealed it is set to axe skimmed milk, multi-packs and some offers in its own bid to tackle the panic buying.

Daily Star Online reported last night how the likes of Lidl and Morrisons are taking even further measures to combat the pandemic.

The grocers revealed they were installing cough-proof screens on their checkouts to protect staff from catching the deadly virus.

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The move came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared on Monday the UK was going into lockdown in a desperate bid to battle the viral outbreak.

People are now being ordered to stay indoors and only go outside for essential shopping, medical needs, one form of exercise or work.

All non-essential shops have also been closed down, with Brits caught flouting the lockdown warned they will now face on-the-spot £30 fines by police.

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