Shielding resident upset by lack of Coronavirus measure at local shop

A Malborough resident who has been shielding during the Coronavirus pandemic has been left feeling at risk after the Co-operative has neglected to follow pandemic guidelines. 

Malborough Petrol Station and Co-operative

The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, is currently immunocompromised due to undergoing chemotherapy treatment and has been shielding during the pandemic. As she lives alone and he Co-operative at the petrol station in Malborough is her closest grocery shop, she uses it regularly. 

"I was surprised to see that there was no hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the shop", she said, "it only takes a little table with a bottle on it, I have one myself at my own house. They used to have one there but it's not there anymore. 

"I'm already a little concerned in there anyway because its a small space, and its also the place everyone stops when they're travelling in and out of Salcombe. Visitors who come down and visit Salcombe, who come from all over the country, all stop there."

I'm already a little concerned in there anyway because its a small space, and its also the place everyone stops when they're travelling in and out of Salcombe

The resident spoke to the manager about the hand sanitiser and when she next visited the shop she was surprised to see that there still wasn't a bottle at the door. She spoke to the manager again, who told her that she had put out a table with hand sanitiser on it "twice" but that "the boss" had told her to take it away again. 

"I don't feel comfortable with it", the resident said, "if we want to keep this area free from Covid-19, we need to give people, especially visitors coming from other areas in the country, the opportunity to clean their hands before shopping. 

"I'm thinking about the young people who I think will be hit hardest if we have to have another lockdown."

I'm thinking about the young people who I think will be hit hardest if we have to have another lockdown

A Co-op spokesperson, said: “Safety is of paramount importance and we have rigorous cleanliness and social distancing measures in place, including the implementation of plastic screens at till points, to protect colleagues and customers. We are also asking all non-exempt customers to adhere to laws on the mandatory wearing of face coverings. 

"Customers who may be shielding can purchase a Co-op community shopping card to make it easier for their family, friends or community volunteers to buy essentials on their behalf.

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