This is the safest supermarket to shop at in the UK amid the coronavirus

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With the coronavirus lockdown now into its third month, most of us haven’t been out anywhere in a while.

The lockdown has meant that most of us have had to remain at home unless, of course, we were going out to buy medicines or groceries.

One thing we all need, whether we’re in the middle of a pandemic or not, is groceries.

And with grocery-delivery slots being near-impossible to get hold of at the moment, we’ve all still had to make our way to the supermarkets to get hold of our essentials.

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But our go-to supermarkets that we’ve all been frequenting throughout our lives, now look like a totally different landscape since social distancing measures have been introduced.

And with COVID-19 still out there we all want to make sure that we’re being as careful as we possibly can to keep ourselves and loved ones, as well as other people who we encounter while we’re out and about, safe from the virus.

So regulars at one particular grocery store will be happy to know that it came out top when it came to safety.

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Research commissioned by The Grocer found that supermarket Asda ‘led the pack’ when it came to effective safety measures.

The research looked at more than 500 supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl across the country, assessing safety measures including how well one-way systems had been put into place, the visibility of signage, social distancing at tills, the use of checkout screens and the availability of hand sanitiser and the measures surrounding disinfectant.

After assessing all of these measures, Asda scored an average of 82 per cent, more than any of the other supermarkets that were included in the investigation.

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“We are pleased to have been recognised as the safest supermarket during what has been a challenging period for retailers and for our customers,” said Asda’s Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Hemmerdinger.

“I am proud of the fantastic work that thousands of colleagues have done to ensure our stores are both safe for our customers to shop in and for our colleagues to work in and I would also like to thank our customers for their understanding in embracing this new way of shopping.”

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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