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Iceland is changing its rules to allow health care providers to shop with NHS staff during the main working hour of 7am

Iceland is changing its rules to allow health care providers to shop with NHS staff during their 7am key work before shops open to the public amid coronavirus locking

  • Niki Pringle was sent away from the Birkenhead store on Tuesday morning
  • Supermarket said the staff applied the store rules correctly
  • It has changed the rules so that healthcare providers are now given priority to NHS staff

Iceland will allow caregivers to shop with NHS workers during priority hours after a caregiver was brought back to tears when staff turned her down.

Niki Pringle was sent away from the Birkenhead supermarket on Tuesday for not working for the NHS.

The 55-year-old told it Liverpool Echo that she had hoped to take advantage of the key workers slot from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.

But when she showed her ID badge, she was told she was not allowed to enter at the time.

In the photo: Niki Pringle

Niki Pringle (photo) was brought to tears

Niki Pringle (photo) was brought to tears

Niki Pringle (pictured) was turned to tears at the Icelandic shop in Birkenhead and the shopkeeper has now changed his rules

She said, “When I got there, absolutely no one was around and an employee had to come and open the doors.

He said “NHS?” and I showed him my ID badge and said “no I’m a caregiver”. He said “no, it is only NHS staff”.

“He even went to ask another staff member and then came back and said” no, it’s only NHS staff “. I just felt really upset. I went back to my car and burst into tears. ‘

Iceland has extended the scope of its priority shopping hour to healthcare providers (file photo)

Iceland has extended the scope of its priority shopping hour to healthcare providers (file photo)

Iceland has extended the scope of its priority shopping hour to healthcare providers (file photo)

Ms. Pringle had just worked a 16-hour shift and got up early on her day off to go shopping.

She fears that the work of caregivers in their community may go unnoticed during the pandemic.

An Icelandic spokesman said Birkenhead staff worked according to existing rules, but added that the supermarket is well aware of the contribution health care providers make and will include it in the lock that is currently prioritizing NHS- staff.

What are the priority slots for NHS employees and caregivers at retailers?

Aldi – NHS, police and fire brigade can arrive 30 minutes before opening on Sunday

Asda – NHS employees have priority on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 9am

Co-op – NHS employees, vulnerable customers and carers have priority from 08:00 to 9:00 on Saturday and from 10:00 to 11:00 on Sunday

Iceland – NHS employees and caregivers of all kinds

Lidl – No priority lock. The supermarket donates fruit and vegetables to NHS employees

Marks and Spencer – Older and vulnerable customers have the first trading hour on Monday and Thursday for their shopping, and for NHS and rescuers, the slots are on Tuesday and Friday at the same time

Morrisons – NHS key workers can visit every day from 7am to 8am

Sainsbury’s – elderly, disabled and caregivers, priority every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am. NHS and rescuers can shop Monday to Saturday 30 minutes before opening, 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Tesco – NHS employees can visit an hour before the shops open on Sunday

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