The supermarket chain Tesco is appealing a prohibition notice which was served to its Osterley branch following an inspection by Hounslow council.
The inspection found Tesco was allowing access to, and purchase of, clothes and other non-essential items on its first floor, which the council felt was “against the spirit” of the coronavirus restrictions.
The floor was not closed and remains open for customers, but items that are deemed non-essential are prohibited from being purchased.
Tesco believe that this enforcement notice issued was not served correctly for ‘a number of reasons’ and have submitted an appeal to Hounslow council. They are waiting for a response.
Government guidance states that ‘a business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold as non-essential retail. For example, a supermarket that sells food is not required to close off or cordon off aisles selling homeware’.
LB Hounslow points out that the non-essential items at the Osterley superstore have to be accessed by escalator as they are on a wholly separate floor.
A spokesperson for Tesco said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is our number one priority. We believe that our Osterley Extra store complies with the government’s rules on Covid-19 measures and we were disappointed to receive this notice, which we are appealing.”
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