SUPERMARKETS are barricading “non-essential” sections — to the fury of shoppers.
Angry shoppers took to Twitter to complain about not being able to get to clothes and other parts of Tesco and Sainsbury's.
Stores were blasted for similar measures during the 17-day national lockdown last month in Wales.
Following guidance published by the UK government on 5 November, shops in England that have "sufficiently distinct parts" were told they should close the areas selling non-essential items.
Shoppers have reported being unable to get access to baby clothes and socks due to the new restrictions.
One shopper at the Tesco in Streatham, South London, fumed on Twitter: "Disappointed to see after the uproar of blocking off clothing, toys, homeware etc sections in one of your stores in Wales, you’ve now done this in your Streatham Extra store.
Adding: "I can buy booze, but, not a kettle or underwear."
A Tesco spokesperson said: “In line with new Government guidance in England which requires the closure of separate floors selling non-food items, we have closed the Clothing and General Merchandise departments in our stores that sell these products from a separate mezzanine level.”
The guidance from the UK government said: "Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread.
"For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close."
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