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Sainsbury’s and Morrisons oblige buyers to wear masks

Supermarkets tighten rules amid rising coronavirus infections

Supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have obliged their customers to wear masks indoors and maintain social distance, writes The Guardian. At the entrance to the shops, people will be greeted by special guards who will check for masks.

An exception can only be made if the client cannot cover the face for medical reasons. Morrisons also pledged to issue disposable masks if a buyer forgot their home.

“Most customers comply with coronavirus restrictions, but I have seen a few people without masks shopping with the whole family. Please cover your face and, if possible, go to the store alone to protect others. “– CEO of Sainsbury’s Simon Roberts addressed the buyers.

Other supermarkets said they would need police assistance, as most of the store’s employees were unable to deal with conflict situations. However, several police officers have already firmly refused to intervene. “We will not do this,” said one of the police officers. “What do you think is worse and requires our help: two people without masks in a supermarket or a woman who has suffered from domestic violence?”

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Sainsbury’s plans to cut 3.5 thousand jobs


The company will close 420 Argos stores by 2024

Sainsbury’s management has announced an impending cut of 3.5 thousand jobs, writes Sky News. The company plans to liquidate its meat and fish divisions due to lack of demand, as well as close 420 Argos stores by 2024. This will save about £ 600 million.

In the first half of 2020, the company lost £ 137 million.

Sainsbury’s new CEO Simon Roberts, who took office in June, said: “We will try to keep as many people on the staff as possible and may offer them some other job.” It is assumed that new jobs will be associated with processing online orders and delivering groceries to your home.

Online sales are up 112% over the year, bringing Sainsbury’s and Argos £ 5.8 billion.

Sainsbury’s is not the only company planning a restructuring, the BBC writes. On Wednesday, November 4, John Lewis and Lloyds Banking Group said they are cutting a total of 2,500 jobs.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 20,000 people have been threatened with dismissal in various sectors, including banking, hospitality, tourism and retail.





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Sainsbury’s to cut 3,500 jobs and close 420 Argos stores

Sainsbury’s is to cut 3,500 jobs with the closure of 420 Argos outlets and all its meat, fish and deli counters.

The 420 standalone Argos stores will close by March 2024, although Sainsbury’s said it would open 150 Argos outlets in its supermarkets.

Boss Simon Roberts said Sainsbury’s was responding to changing consumer habits and the growth of online shopping.

He said the counter closures was a response to lower customer demand and a desire to reduce food waste.

The supermarket also reported half-year results, revealing a £137m loss which it blamed on closures and “market changes”.

It comes on the day England enters a second lockdown, which Sainsbury’s said would continue to accelerate “a number of shifts in our industry” as it expands its online and digital operations.

Sainsbury’s, which bought Argos in 2016, said in its statement that the 120 standalone Argos stores that had not reopened since they were closed in March would now shut permanently.

By the end of the restructuring programme, Sainsbury’s said it expected the total number of standalone Argos outlets to be about 100. The restructuring will save about £600m by 2024, the grocer said.

In addition to the 150 Argos stores it plans to open in its supermarkets by 2024, it also plans a further 150-200 collection points.

Rising jobs toll

“We are talking to colleagues today about where the changes we are announcing in Argos standalone stores and food counters impact their roles,” said Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s chief executive.

“We will work really hard to find alternative roles for as many of these colleagues as possible and expect to be able to offer alternative roles for the majority of impacted colleagues.”

He said the aim was to make Argos “a simpler, more efficient and more profitable business”. Products from the Habitat brand will also be more widely available in the stores and via Argos.

“Our other brands – Argos, Habitat, Tu, Nectar and Sainsbury’s Bank – must deliver for their customers and for our shareholders in their own right,” he said.

Despite the cutting of the 3,500 roles, the supermarket expects that it will have created about 6,000 net new jobs by the end of the year.

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Sainsbury’s said it was responding to changing consumer demands

However, the redundancies increase the mounting jobs toll announced by companies facing a coronavirus hit to trading.

On Wednesday, John Lewis and Lloyds Banking Group said they were cutting a combined 2,500 jobs.

More than 200,000 potential job losses have been announced across sectors including banking, hospitality, travel and retail since the start of Covid-19 pandemic in March. Thousands more workers remain on furlough.

Despite Sainsbury’s cost-cutting, the company said on Thursday it would pay out a special dividend of 7.3p to shareholders after strong sales in the face of Covid-19.

Sainsbury’s revealed that total like-for-like sales increased by 6.9% for the 28 weeks to 19 September, helped by an 8.2% growth in groceries. The supermarket also said there had been “stronger-than-expected sales, particularly at Argos”.

Online sales more than doubled, jumping 117% to £5.8bn, as demand for online deliveries surged.


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Sainsbury’s is trialling ‘rapid’ delivery service on Uber Eats


Sainsbury’s in 25 minutes or less! Supermarket is trialling ‘rapid’ delivery service on Uber Eats with more than 1,000 products available

  • Sainsbury’s has partnered with Uber Eats to offer a rapid delivery service 
  • Customers ordering from app will have groceries delivered within 25 minutes 
  • It is initially launching in Camden, north London and will be rolled out to nine stores across the UK in coming weeks 

Sainsbury’s has partnered with UberEats to offer customers a rapid delivery service to the doorstep in an average time of less than 25 minutes.

The partnership launches this week in the Camden superstore in north London, and will be rolled out to nine stores across the UK in coming weeks.

Customers ordering from the app will have the groceries delivered within 25 minutes and will be able to chose from more than 1,000 Sainsbury’s own label and branded products including; Taste the Difference ready meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, Free-From products and store cupboard essentials.

The service has been introduced to offer customers greater flexibility and access to a range of convenient meal solutions, essential products and treats.

Sainsbury’s has partnered with UberEats to offer customers a rapid delivery service to the doorstep in an average time of less than 25 minutes

The new partnership provides shoppers with a convenient, contactless and cash-free option when shopping for their favourite products.

If successful, the partnership may be extended to more Sainsbury’s stores.

Where will Sainsbury’s on UberEats be available?  

In London

Balham, Earls Court, Hackney, Camden and Central London

Outside London

Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol. 

Nigel Blunt, Sainsbury’s Director of eCommerce, told FEMAIL: We are doing everything we can to find new ways to serve even more of our customers with online grocery deliveries. 

‘Complementing our Chop Chop fast delivery service, which delivers groceries to customers within 60 minutes, working with Uber Eats will offer another way for customers to get Sainsbury’s groceries delivered to their door quickly, conveniently and safely’.

Toussaint Wattinne, Uber Eats General Manager, said: ‘I am delighted to be partnering with Sainsbury’s in the UK, which will enable customers to quickly and conveniently order over 1000 items including fruit and veg, store essentials, and even flowers. 

‘This partnership will offer even more choices for customers using the Uber Eats app.’

The Uber Eats food delivery app is available in more than 120 towns and cities across the UK, including: Aberdeen, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Swindon, Windsor and York.

The partnership launches this week in the Camden superstore in north London, and will be rolled out to nine stores across the UK in coming weeks

The partnership launches this week in the Camden superstore in north London, and will be rolled out to nine stores across the UK in coming weeks



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Sainsbury’s worker, 33, was caught by customer using phone to film up schoolgirl’s dress


Sainsbury’s worker, 33, was caught by customer using phone to film up schoolgirl’s dress – before police found 388 ‘upskirt’ snaps and images from spy camera in staff ladies’ loos on his computer

  • Alex O’Halloran, 33, had taken the upskirt images at Sainsbury’s in Twickenham
  • He pleaded guilty to outraging public decency for photographing the schoolgirl
  • O’Halloran is currently awaiting sentencing and must sign sex offenders register

A Sainsbury’s employee was caught red-handed by a customer, as well as on the store’s CCTV, using his phone to film up a schoolgirl’s skirt, a court heard yesterday.

Alex O’Halloran, 33, was arrested after taking pictures of the teenager before police later found 388 ‘upskirt’ pictures he had taken of other women – including those from a spy camera he had installed in the staff ladies’ toilet. 

O’Halloran, of Mitcham Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at Sainsbury’s at The Green, Twickenham, on July 18, 2018 by taking an ‘upskirt’ photo of the teenage girl. 

He is currently awaiting sentencing but has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register. 

Alex O’Halloran, 33, (pictured leaving court) was arrested after being caught red-handed by a customer as he used his phone to film up a schoolgirl’s skirt

Wimbledon Magistrates Court was played a short clip from the store’s CCTV which showed O’Halloran blatantly approaching the girl, who was wearing a plaid mini-skirt and white shirt, from behind.

She was seen looking up toward items on the store’s shelves as O’Halloran leaned forward and, using his mobile phone, filmed up her skirt.

Prosecutor Trevor Green told the court it was 3.15pm when the male customer caught O’Halloran.

‘An individual walked into Sainsbury’s and witnessed seeing the defendant, wearing uniform, with a phone in his hand taking a picture up the skirt of a girl wearing school uniform.’

The customer complained and the police were informed, revealing further similar crimes O’Halloran committed.

‘The contents of his phone and computer were downloaded, leading to further charges,’ said the prosecutor.

O’Halloran also pleaded guilty that on or before July 18, 2018 he outraged public decency by behaving in an indecent manner, namely taking 388 upskirt photos of women.

O’Halloran pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at Sainsbury’s at The Green, Twickenham, (pictured) on July 18, 2018 by taking an ‘upskirt’ photo of the teenage girl

He also pleaded guilty to voyeurism on or before July 18, 2018 at Sainsbury’s Local, Friars Stile Road, Richmond, in that he recorded three people doing a private act, for the purpose of sexual gratification.

He also admitted taking indecent photos of a children on or before July 18, 2018, namely 16 Category C moving images of a child.

‘There are three clips, totalling approximately thirty minutes and show the staff toilets at Sainsbury’s, with the victims entering and removing their trousers and underwear and sitting down on the toilet. All seem to be female,’ said Mr Green.

O’Halloran’s lawyer Tony Meisels said: ‘Clearly this will need to go to the Crown Court for sentencing. We accept there are images that depict underage persons.

‘He is a man of good character, facing serious charges.’

The magistrates committed O’Halloran to Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court to be sentenced on a date to be fixed and ordered a pre-sentence report.

They also told O’Halloran he must sign the sex offenders register within three days at Croydon Police Station, giving his personal details and where he lives, plus notice of travel or any visits by children to his address. 

What is the law around upskirting?

Upskirting becomes a specific criminal offence in England and Wales in April, following a drive led by 27-year-old writer Gina Martin.

She battled for the new law for 18 months after after two men took a picture up her skirt at a festival in 2017. 

Upskirting is defined as taking an image or video up somebody’s clothing in order to see their genitals or underwear. 

Previously, anyone in England and Wales who fell victim to the cruel craze could explore possible convictions for the likes of voyeurism, public disorder or indecency. 

A conviction at magistrates’ court would carry a sentence of up to one year in prison and/or a fine.

A more serious offence, tried in the crown court, would carry a sentence of up to two years in prison.



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Laurence Fox warned by charity not to use their name for ‘free speech’ party


A charity has launched a legal challenge over the name of Laurence Fox’s new Reclaim political party.

The charity – also named Reclaim – has reportedly sent a “cease and desist” legal letter to the outspoken actor who announced his political ambitions last month.

Reclaim have demanded Fox renames his movement within days or face their legal team.

The charity, which was established in 2007, said in its letter Fox has until Wednesday to drop the title.

The original Reclaim say it is likely to cause “substantial damage to its reputation and goodwill”.

It’s the latest set-back for the actor

Laurence, the ex-husband of actress Billie Piper, has already raised more than £1 million for his new political project, it is claimed.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, that includes large donations from former Conservative backers.

The charity, established in in Moss Side, a deprived area of Manchester, was set up to “power young working-class people to change the country today and lead it tomorrow”.

Fox, the ex-husband of actress Billie Piper, has to change the party’s name

They are not a political party but are clear on their views.

One of its aims is to see the UK elect its first working-class prime minister of the 21st century.

They are also demanding the star surrender the website domain he has set up.

A spokesman for the Reclaim party project said: “We are aware of the charity’s view. While pointing out the obvious fact that no party name has actually been registered, lawyers are looking at their recent contention.”

The outspoken actor has previously clashed with academic Rachel Boyle on BBC Question Time after she called him a “white privileged male”.





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Laurence Fox says he is boycotting Sainsbury’s for ‘promoting racial segregation and discrimination’


Laurence Fox has accused Sainsbury’s of ‘promoting racial segregation and discrimination’ and said he will be boycotting the supermarket chain after they promoted Black History Month.

The actor, who recently announced he was launching his own political party to ‘reclaim British values, denounced the supermarket on Twitter.

He said: ‘Dear Sainsbury’s

‘I won’t be shopping in your supermarket ever again whilst you promote racial segregation and discrimination. I sincerely hope others join me. RT’

It came after Sainsbury’s announced they would be marking Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements of the black community, recognising the central role black people have played in history. 

Laurence Fox has said he will not be shopping at Sainsbury’s after they announced they would be celebrating Black History Month which Fox said was promoting ‘racial segregation’

The supermarket says it’s aim is to be ‘the most inclusive retailer’ where ‘every single one of our colleagues feels safe and supported at work’.

The company said it is actively pushing for change for black people in the UK and want all their customers and colleagues to be themselves and feel celebrated when they shop at Sainsbury’s.

In a statement, Sainsbury’s said: ‘We are proud to celebrate Black History Month, together with our Black colleagues, customers and communities and we will not tolerate racism.

‘We proudly represent and serve our diverse society and anyone who does not want to shop with an inclusive retailer is welcome to shop elsewhere.’

Fox told his 239,000 Twitter followers that despite it being his closest supermarket, they would not be getting his custom until they ‘address their regressive and segregationist policies’.

His response sparked debate on Twitter with some backing his views while others said Sainsbury’s tweet had had the desired effect.

Sainsbury's said anyone who is not happy with 'an inclusive retailer' is welcome to shop elsewhere as it says it is proud to celebrate Black History Month with their communities

Sainsbury’s said anyone who is not happy with ‘an inclusive retailer’ is welcome to shop elsewhere as it says it is proud to celebrate Black History Month with their communities

Fox, who sparked controversy when he said suggestions of 'racism' over how the Duchess of Sussex was treated in some quarters was 'boring', says among his new party's aims are reforming the BBC, protecting free speech and celebrating Britain's contribution to the world

Fox, who sparked controversy when he said suggestions of ‘racism’ over how the Duchess of Sussex was treated in some quarters was ‘boring’, says among his new party’s aims are reforming the BBC, protecting free speech and celebrating Britain’s contribution to the world

Actor has received substantial sums from former Tory donors to launch his own political party provisionally called Reclaim and hopes to stand dozens of candidates across the UK, he says

Actor has received substantial sums from former Tory donors to launch his own political party provisionally called Reclaim and hopes to stand dozens of candidates across the UK, he says

Laurence Fox and his past controversies

January 16, 2020: Fox was involved in a heated debate with the academic and ethnicity lecturer Rachel Boyle after she called him ‘a white privileged male’ on BBC’s Question Time.

The 41-year-old accused Ms Boyle, an academic at Edge Hill University on Merseyside, of ‘being racist’ after she called him ‘a white privileged male’ for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race.

As the row continued the following day he quoted Martin Luther King’s 1963 ‘I have a dream’ speech about living in a nation where children ‘will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’.

He said: ‘This is the position I took last night and I live by in life. If you can improve on it, I’m all ears. Or you can keep screeching ”Racist!” at me and I can carry on having a jolly good giggle at your expense. The tide is turning’. 

January 17, 2020: The actor later went on to reveal that he does not date women under the age of 35 because they are ‘too woke’ and many of them are ‘absolutely bonkers’ during an interview with the Delingpod podcast.

During the podcast , Fox said that he called off a relationship with a former partner because she praised a Gillette advert which highlighted ‘toxic masculinity.’ 

January 23, 2020: Fox apologised for his comments about the inclusion of a Sikh soldier in the First World War film 1917 by Sir Sam Mendes.

The actor had initially referred to ‘the oddness in the casting’ of a Sikh soldier and was met by widespread criticism by historians who confirmed that Sikhs had served in the British Army.

Fox later tweeted: ‘Fellow humans who are Sikhs, I am as moved by the sacrifices your relatives made as I am by the loss of all those who die in war, whatever creed or colour.

‘Please accept my apology for being clumsy in the way I expressed myself.’ 

June 18, 2020: In a piece for the Spectator, Fox, questioned if Meghan Markle stepped down as a working royal because she did not get the ‘limelight’

In September 2020, Fox said that he had been ‘cancelled’ by fellow actor Rebecca Front because she had blocked him on Twitter over his use of the ‘All Lives Matter’ counter-slogan in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fox later apologised for revealing this through tweeting a private text conversation between the pair, in which Front had explained her reasons for blocking him. 

One wrote: ‘Beautifully put! I cannot believe how wrong Sainsburys has got this.

‘This idiocy has to have come down from Board level. Really feel for their staff – how the hell do they handle this?’

Another posted: ‘Sainsbury’s say they don’t want racists using their shop and racists doing exactly what they have asked by going elsewhere, bants’

A third penned: ‘Will be making sure I pop there much more than I did before – will be a bigot free store by the state of the comments here.’   

His website states: ‘Over many years it has become clear that our politicians have lost touch with the people they represent and govern. Moreover, our public institutions now work to an agenda beyond their main purpose.

‘Our modern United Kingdom was born out of the respectful inclusion of so many individual voices. It is steeped in the innate values of families and communities, diverse in the truest sense but united in the want and need to call this island home.

‘The people of the United Kingdom are tired of being told that we represent the very thing we have, in history, stood together against.

‘We are all privileged to be the custodians of our shared heritage. We can reclaim a respectful nation where all are included and none are ashamed to have somewhere to call home.’

He added: ‘I have been so encouraged by the support I have received by those wishing to add their voices to this reclamation of our values.

‘Our country is now in desperate need of a new political movement which promises to make our future a shared endeavour, not a divisive one. This is now my endeavour.’

Fox, who has been a fierce critic of the BBC, sparked controversy when he said suggestions of ‘racism’ over how the Duchess of Sussex was treated in some quarters was ‘boring’.

He also hit out at black and working class actors for complaining about the industry once they have ‘five million quid in the bank’.

A Westminster source said the new party is a version of UKIP for the culture wars and believes it could attract hundreds of thousands of unhappy Conservative voters.

Sources close to Fox said the party does not see itself as strictly left or right wing but will be a broad church.

Reclaim so far has three objectives, which include protecting free speech, reforming publicly funded institutions, and preserving and celebrating Britain’s cultural history.

Planning has been underway for the last two months and backers include former Tory donor Jeremy Hosking.

Staff are already being recruited for the party after Fox was launched into the political arena after his performance on Question Time in January.

Laurence Fox announced last month that he was launching a new political party called the Reclaim Party in a bid to ‘reclaim British values’.

The actor, 42, has received substantial sums from former Tory donors and hopes to stand dozens of candidates across the UK.

The Lewis star says he wants to provide a movement for people who are ‘tired of being told that we represent the very thing we have, in history, stood together against’.

He hopes to launch the party next month and the name is subject to the Electoral Commission’s approval.



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Laurence Fox boycotting Sainsbury’s over its support of Black History Month


Laurence Fox has announced that he’s boycotting Sainsbury’s as he accused the supermarket of promoting “racial segregation and discrimination”.

The actor, who describes himself as a “Fierce Liberal” told his 238,000 Twitter followers that he’ll never shop in Sainsbury’s again.

It came after a statement from the company’s official account spoke of how they would be marking Black History Month, an annual observance of black history and culture celebrated around the world.

The statement read: “We are proud to celebrate Black History Month together with our Black colleagues, customers and communities and we will not tolerate racism.

“We proudly represent and serve our diverse society and anyone who does not want to shop with an inclusive retailer is welcome to shop elsewhere.”

Laurence is boycotting Sainsbury’s

Laurence shared the statement, adding: “Dear @sainsburys I won’t be shopping in your supermarket ever again whilst you promote racial segregation and discrimination. I sincerely hope others join me. RT #BoycottSainsburys”

He added: “Further reading here,” alongside a link to the Sainsbury’s website explaining why they support Black History Month.

It says: “At Sainsbury’s we want to celebrate black heritage with our colleagues and customers. We recognise and embrace the contributions black people have made in the UK, both past and present, and acknowledge the black history is UK history.”

Laurence’s tweet left some of his fans confused.

He tweeted that he’ll no longer be shopping there

One asked him: “I agree with loads of what you say, so this is not a criticism, but I can’t understand why this is promoting racial segregation. Are companies not allowed to celebrate sections of their workforce? I may be missing something here.. someone enlighten me!”

Others said they felt Sainsbury’s tweet had the desired effect.

It was in response to the supermarket’s support of Black History Month

One wrote: “Yes I guess they know people like me will be loving shopping there without bumping into racists”

Another posted: “Sainsbury’s say they don’t want racists using their shop and racists doing exactly what they have asked by going elsewhere, bants”

A third penned: “Will be making sure I pop there much more than I did before – will be a bigot free store by the state of the comments here.”

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s told Mirror Online: “We proudly represent and serve our diverse society and we are proud to be celebrating Black History Month with our colleagues and customers.”





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Katie Price’s mask-free man Carl Woods breaks coronavirus rules at Sainsbury’s


Katie Price’s lover Carl Woods broke the coronavirus rules at Sainsbury’s.

The former glamour model, 42, filmed her new hot shot reality hunk, 31, without his mask on in the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Sunday.

Carl wasn’t wearing a face covering when he got to the till with Katie’s youngest Bunny sat in the trolley.

Fines for refusing to wear a mask in a shop are £200 in England.

Previously the fine set shoppers back £100.

Katie Price’s mask-free man Carl Woods breaks coronavirus rules at Sainsbury’s

People face fines costing £60 in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Shoppers have had to wear a mask in supermarkets from July 24.

There are exemptions to the rule.

The former glamour model, 42, filmed her new hot shot reality hunk, 31, without his mask on in the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Sunday

Rules are changing for supermarket workers amid the second wave of coronavirus.

Bunny wasn’t wearing a mask which was in the coronavirus guidelines as children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a covering.

Katie shared the footage on her Instagram with her 2.3million fans on Sunday

Katie shared the footage on her Instagram with her 2.3million fans on Sunday.

The famous family were out shopping to get their ingredients for their tasty roast dinner Katie cooked later in the evening.

Katie is very taken with her new man Carl

They got a chicken, a bag of potatoes, a cheese sauce, vegetables and crisps among their huge shopping list at the weekend.

“Cooking a roast today,” Katie wrote.

Mirror Online has gone to Katie Price’s representatives for comment.





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