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Calls for big families to be banned from shopping together in Woolworths and Coles 

Frustrated customers are calling for families to be banned from shopping together at supermarkets to ensure they can adhere to social distancing rules. 

Australians are being urged to keep at least 1.5 metres apart to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

However, shoppers have complained that it is impossible to do so at Coles and Woolworths stores because of large families.  

And customers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations. 

Frustrated customers are calling for families to be banned from shopping together at supermarkets to ensure they can adhere to social distancing rules (Pictured: Customers at Coles at Eastgardens, Sydney)

Frustrated customers are calling for families to be banned from shopping together at supermarkets to ensure they can adhere to social distancing rules (Pictured: Customers at Coles at Eastgardens, Sydney)

Frustrated customers are calling for families to be banned from shopping together at supermarkets to ensure they can adhere to social distancing rules (Pictured: Customers at Coles at Eastgardens, Sydney)

Australians are being urged to keep at least 1.5 metres apart to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. However, shoppers have complained that it is impossible to do so at Coles and Woolworths stores because of families (Pictured: A family in Melbourne)

Shoppers have complained that it is impossible to do so at Coles and Woolworths stores because of large families. And customers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations

Shoppers have complained that it is impossible to do so at Coles and Woolworths stores because of large families. And customers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations

Shoppers have complained that it is impossible to do so at Coles and Woolworths stores because of large families. And customers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations

‘Now that the entrance is being monitored, how about you start turning away groups of people, like families and couples,’ one person wrote.

‘Please only allow one person per family/household into your stores at a time. There is no need for people to be going in groups.’

‘There’s still too many shoppers in the store at any one time. You can’t social distance if there’s 200 people. Everyone going each way up and down isles, which have a width the length of a trolley,’ another wrote. 

‘Shoppers need to understand social distancing…it is 1.5 metres NOT 1.5 centimetres and shopping is NOT a team sport,’ wrote a third. 

Another customer said that it was unnecessary for entire families to shop together.

‘Why don’t the security guards turn them away at the entrance?’ 

A Woolworths spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the company has no plans to ban children from entering their stores at this time. 

Both Coles and Woolworths have introduced measures to ensure customers adhere to social distancing measures (pictured: A line outside Coles in Firle in Adelaide last week)

Both Coles and Woolworths have introduced measures to ensure customers adhere to social distancing measures (pictured: A line outside Coles in Firle in Adelaide last week)

Both Coles and Woolworths have introduced measures to ensure customers adhere to social distancing measures (pictured: A line outside Coles in Firle in Adelaide last week)

'No beach, no bush,' one person wrote with a picture of crowds at a Coles supermarket

'No beach, no bush,' one person wrote with a picture of crowds at a Coles supermarket

‘No beach, no bush,’ one person wrote with a picture of crowds at a Coles supermarket

What are the new social distancing measures at Coles and Woolworths?

Coles and Woolworths have placed a limit on the number of customers in-store to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

Coles will allow a max of 110 shoppers at its smallest store, and 275 at its largest.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said the number of customers allowed into each store at any one time will be dependent on its size. 

‘We do encourage customers to shop alone or in smaller groups whenever they can. 

‘If that’s not an option, we ask customers to pay close attention to social distancing with their little ones and maintain good hygiene practices.’

A Coles spokesman said: ‘There are no plans to ban families shopping in our stores.

‘However, we ask that customers follow social distancing measures in place and follow the instructions from our team members so we can continue to safely serve as many customers in the community as possible.’

Both Coles and Woolworths have introduced measures to ensure customers adhere to social distancing measures.  

Both chains have been monitoring the amount of people who can be in a store at any given time. 

They have also installed screens around self-serve machines to encourage social distancing.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Coles for comment. 

Pictured: New protective screens at Woolworths self-serve checkouts in Kellyville, western Sydney

Pictured: New protective screens at Woolworths self-serve checkouts in Kellyville, western Sydney

Pictured: New protective screens at Woolworths self-serve checkouts in Kellyville, western Sydney

Source: dailymail UK

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