Click and collect could be banned everywhere apart from supermarkets to slow virus spread
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New rules that could see click and collect services banned everywhere apart from essential retailers are being considered by the Government.
Proposals discussed by ministers over the weekend mean collection services from restaurants, clothes shops and more could be affected.
“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,” an insider told The Telegraph.
But ministers ruled out extending ban to supermarkets, as it could see delivery services overwhelmed.
There have also been discussions on making face coverings mandatory outdoors, reports in the Telegraph indicate, meaning only “private dwellings” would be exempt.
There are worries about queues of people without masks on forming
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Morrisons bans all shoppers without a face mask as supermarkets toughen up rules
The topics 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".
New restrictions could be imposed as a next step
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The potential changes aren't expected to be announced soon, but could come in as part of a next step if existing restrictions fail to bring down infection rates.
It came as 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.
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."