Council says store has made significant changes to improve safety
Tesco Extra in Osterley. Picture: Google Streetview
The prohibition notice served on the Tesco Extra store in Osterley has been removed by Hounslow Council.
The notice was issued after Council officers inspected the premises and finding the store, which stocks food, toiletries and household goods on the ground floor, allowing access to and purchase of clothes and other non-essential items on its first floor.
Tesco rejected the basis for the notice and continued to trade saying opening the first floor was within the government’s coronavirus regulations.
A subsequent visit was made to the store by council officers who reported that ‘significant changes’ had been made allowing the prohibition to be lifted.
These changes included a reduction in the number of people allowed in the store at any one time, with a traffic light system and added security to limit numbers with checks on face coverings. In addition a range of measures were taken within the store to ensure social distancing, including the removal of some displays and extra signage and the café on the first floor was closed.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said, "These are very welcome developments, and we are obviously pleased that Tesco have moved so decisively to ensure public health and compliance with the rules. My thanks go both to Tesco, and to our enforcement team for the good work done here.
“In view of the changes made which have been made to improve Covid-19 security at the store, the prohibition notice will be lifted immediately."
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February 9, 2021