Shops face ‘click and collect ban as maskless Covidiots get too close in queues’

The Government is reportedly looking at banning click and collect services for non-essential retailers such as clothes shops and restaurants.

Supermarkets won't be included over fears their deliveries won't keep up while face masks may also become mandatory outdoors, reports say.

A source told the Telegraph : "The general feedback is that click and collect is not working, people are not wearing masks in queues, people are too close to each other."

The potential changes are understood to be a next step if existing restrictions fail to bring down infection rates and won't be announced soon.

They reportedly came up during a meeting of a Cabinet subcommittee called "Covid 0" on Sunday.

Other ideas discussed include closing businesses such as estate agents that have been allowed to stay operating so far – seeing staff told to work from home.

There could also be new restrictions on the property market, meaning people could only move home "where necessary".

Meanwhile Sainsbury's said it would deploy security guards at store entrances to make sure customers wore masks, as well as urging shoppers to make trips alone.

Morrisons also said yesterday that customers refusing to wear a mask without a medical exemption would be told to leave stores.

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Chief executive David Potts said those who flout the rules will be refused entry unless they are medically exempt.

In a plea urging customers to "be kind", he said members of the public and staff on the front line should not be put at risk.

"Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won't be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt," Potts said.

"Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind."

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