Parents claim supermarkets have stopped them from shopping with their children

Parents have claimed supermarkets are preventing them from shopping with their children as part of a crackdown on social distancing rules.

Many grocers have limited the number of people allowed inside a supermarket at once, with others asking customers to remain at least two metres apart amid the UK’s coronavirus outbreak. 

Supermarkets have seen a significant rise in footfall throughout March, with shoppers seen lining the streets with trolleys as they wait to enter stores and stock up on essentials. 

Major stores have now opted to set aside dedicated shopping hours for the over-70s and vulnerable – and NHS workers – so these groups are able to keep their fridges full. 

But parents have criticised chains including Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco after they were allegedly refused entry to stores when they arrived with their children. 

All four supermarkets have confirmed to MailOnline that children are permitted to enter their stores. 

People queue outside a central London Sainsbury's Local amid the coronavirus crisis today

People queue outside a central London Sainsbury's Local amid the coronavirus crisis today

People queue outside a central London Sainsbury’s Local amid the coronavirus crisis today

One grandmother took to Twitter after her daughter – who is a single mother – was allegedly turned away from an Aldi store because she had her five-year-old daughter with her.

‘@AldiUK since when did you stop children going into your shops? My daughter tried to go shopping today with her five-year-old daughter but was told she couldn’t go in with her daughter,’ she said.

‘She’s a single mother what is she supposed to do with her? I am beyond angry.’

Another shopper claimed she witnessed a single parent being told to leave her four and six-year-old children in the car outside an Aldi supermarket. 

Parents have claimed supermarkets have prevented them from shopping with their children as part of a crackdown on social distancing rules (Pictured: Shoppers outside a Sainsbury's in Saltburn)

Parents have claimed supermarkets have prevented them from shopping with their children as part of a crackdown on social distancing rules (Pictured: Shoppers outside a Sainsbury's in Saltburn)

Parents have claimed supermarkets have prevented them from shopping with their children as part of a crackdown on social distancing rules (Pictured: Shoppers outside a Sainsbury’s in Saltburn)

One grandmother took to Twitter after her daughter - who is a single mother - was allegedly turned away from an Aldi store because she had her five-year-old daughter with her

One grandmother took to Twitter after her daughter - who is a single mother - was allegedly turned away from an Aldi store because she had her five-year-old daughter with her

One grandmother took to Twitter after her daughter – who is a single mother – was allegedly turned away from an Aldi store because she had her five-year-old daughter with her

She said: ‘Aldi are refusing to let mums and their children in to do shopping!

‘What are single parents meant to do with their children. A single parent who has a four and six year old was told to leave them in the car!

‘Disgusting! There is a three-week wait for delivery.’ 

A third customer said: ‘A friend visited @AldiUK this morning and has been told that she has to leave her four kids at the front of the store whilst she does her essential food shop.

‘She’s a single mom and has no choice but to take her kids shopping as she has nobody to look after them.’

Parents have also hit out at Sainsbury's for allegedly not allowing families to enter stores with their children

Parents have also hit out at Sainsbury's for allegedly not allowing families to enter stores with their children

Parents have also hit out at Sainsbury’s for allegedly not allowing families to enter stores with their children

Parents have also allegedly been turned away from Asda stores despite the supermarket insisting families with children will be permitted to enter.

‘Asda are allowing one person only from each household… I just got turned away with my son,’ one shopper said.

‘Luckily I could leave him outside if I wanted as he’s old enough. Kinda concerned for the single parents with younger children and no family/support though.

‘How can they shop?’

Another added: ‘I was at Asda with my seven-year-old this week and was told by security guards that I would be “allowed in this time but next time I’d need to work something else out”!

‘Unfortunately many of us do not have the privilege of leaving our children safe at home. I will shop elsewhere’.

Similar scenes were reported at Tesco and Asda, with one customer claiming a single mother was asked to leave her five-year-old child outside the shop alone

Similar scenes were reported at Tesco and Asda, with one customer claiming a single mother was asked to leave her five-year-old child outside the shop alone

Similar scenes were reported at Tesco and Asda, with one customer claiming a single mother was asked to leave her five-year-old child outside the shop alone

A third claimed an Asda store in Reading, Berkshire was also not ‘allowing any children’ inside despite claims by the supermarket that this ‘isn’t the case.’

Similar scenes were reported at Tesco, with one customer alleging a single mother was asked to leave her five-year-old child outside the shop alone.

‘Bunch [of] heartless staff around my area,’ she said. ‘Told a SINGLE mother to leave her five-year-old child alone outside because they aren’t allowing children into the shop. 

‘And because she refused, they wouldn’t allow her in.’

Parents have also hit out at Sainsbury’s for allegedly not allowing families to enter stores with their children.  

Parents have also allegedly been turned away from Asda stores despite the supermarket insisting families with children will be permitted to enter

Parents have also allegedly been turned away from Asda stores despite the supermarket insisting families with children will be permitted to enter

Parents have also allegedly been turned away from Asda stores despite the supermarket insisting families with children will be permitted to enter

Shoppers stand two metres apart as they wait to enter a Sainsbury's supermarket which is now enforcing restricted entry to avoid overcrowding amid the coronavirus pandemic

Shoppers stand two metres apart as they wait to enter a Sainsbury's supermarket which is now enforcing restricted entry to avoid overcrowding amid the coronavirus pandemic

Shoppers stand two metres apart as they wait to enter a Sainsbury’s supermarket which is now enforcing restricted entry to avoid overcrowding amid the coronavirus pandemic

How is YOUR supermarket limiting customers?  

Many grocers have limited the number of people allowed inside a supermarket at once, with others asking customers to remain at least two metres apart amid the UK’s coronavirus outbreak.  

ASDA

In Asda stores, the number of people allowed inside has been capped depending on the size of the supermarket and the number of workers.

A spokesperson said: ‘Where needed, we are limiting the total number of shoppers we allow into a store at any one time.

‘If possible, it would help us greatly if you could bring fewer family members when visiting our stores. This will help us maintain social distancing guidelines we already have in place.’

ALDI

Aldi is also capping the number of customers allowed inside each store at once.

This is at the discretion of each store manager as stores are all different sizes. 

LIDL

Lidl said last week it is ‘implementing a crowd control system with immediate effect’ in an attempt to manage social distancing in stores. 

SAINSBURY’S 

Sainsbury’s has put in place a queuing system outside stores to control crowd sizes.

People have been asked to stand two metres apart. 

TESCO

Tesco is also limiting the number of people permitted to be inside a store at once.  

A Tesco spokesman told the Sun: ‘We know how hard NHS staff are working at the moment.

‘So we are opening our doors for them an hour earlier on Sundays, to help them access the things they need and as a thank you for all they are doing.’ 

‘So when did you decide to stop allowing children into your stores?’ one shopper said.

‘I was refused entry with my son and security told me to leave my seven-year-old outside ALONE! I am a single parent!’ 

When contacted by MailOnline, a spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s confirmed children are permitted to enter stores.

Asda said it ‘absolutely does not have a ban on children coming into our stores’, but added it is ‘limiting the total number of shoppers we allow into a store at any one time.’

‘If possible, it would help us greatly if you could bring fewer family members when visiting our stores. This will help us maintain social distancing guidelines we already have in place,’ a spokesman said.

Aldi also confirmed there are no restrictions to people shopping with other family members, but said customers have been asked for one person per household to shop alone wherever possible. 

Tesco added it has not banned children from its stores but it is also encouraging customers to shop with no more than one other person to help maintain social distancing measures.  

The alleged crackdown on supermarket entry comes as the UK’s coronavirus death toll jumped to 1,408 after 180 more fatalities were recorded in a single day.

England reported 159 deaths overnight, while Wales recorded 14, Scotland six and Northern Ireland one. 

The daily increase in deaths in the UK has fallen for two days in a row, dropping from 209 on Sunday and 260 on Saturday – in what was Britain’s darkest day in the crisis yet. 

But there are fears of a fresh spike in fatalities tomorrow because officials will count deaths outside of hospitals for the first time. 

Meanwhile the number of confirmed cases in Britain has now soared past 20,000 after hundreds of positive tests in the last 24 hours. 

But experts predict the true number to be more than two million because of the Government’s decision to only test patients so ill they are admitted to hospital. 

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