Sainsbury’s chief executive office, Mike Coupe announced to their customers and the country that they have taken steps “to make sure everyone has access to food and essential items.”
In order to provide essential items for everyone Sainsbury’s are working with their suppliers to get “even more stock of essential items and we are adding warehouse capacity on a daily basis.”
Coupe said, “From Monday 23 March, we are consolidating our opening hours and all our supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store.
“Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.”
He added, “Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am to 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as NHS and Social Care workers. They will just need to show us their pass or ID when they visit.
“We have committed to paying all colleagues who are unwell or need to self-isolate for the full period of fourteen days. We have also committed to paying vulnerable and elderly colleagues in full if the government decides they should isolate for 12 weeks.”
Advising on the government’s announcement of “social distancing” Sainsbury’s are asking customers to “stand one metre away from colleagues in our stores where you can” to prevent any possible spread of coronavirus.
Coupe is asking his customer, to “pay with card rather than cash at our tills” which is safer for every member of the public in defeating the spread of the virus.
Sainsbury’s top boss also asked for customers to be polite to staff as they are providing a tremendous service for everyone, just like all other shops are trying to do.
Coupe said, “Please also treat our colleagues and other customers with kindness and respect.
“These are unprecedented circumstances and our colleagues are being asked to come to work every day while so many others are being asked to stay at home.
“We all need them to keep coming to work to feed the nation, a small thank you goes a really long way.”