Tesco store planning Covid 'traffic lights' to control number of customers

People outside the Tesco store in Fleet Street, Torquay

Tesco Metro in Fleet Street, Torquay - Credit: Submitted

Tesco is planning to install ‘traffic lights’ to control the number of customers in its store in Torquay town centre during the pandemic.

The retailer has applied for planning permission to fit red and green lights at the entrance to the Tesco Metro branch in Fleet Street.

The system will limit the number of customers inside to ensure there is enough space for social distancing, and avoid the need for staff to monitor the entrance.

Tesco will also need listed building consent for the installation at the former Post Office, which was built in 1912.

A heritage report says the lights will be fitted to an aluminium frame and will have no impact on the building or stonework.

Andy Horwood, Tesco’s architectural planning manager, said in a letter to Torbay Council: “The proposed traffic light LED system being proposed at this store is to control the amount of customers entering a store at one time. 

“Given the recent pandemic and restrictions on distancing with Covid-19, has meant we have had to limit the amount of customers in our stores at one time.

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“This system allows the doors to be constantly monitored using a red/green light system linked to a sensor to control this. 

“This then allows for colleagues who were monitoring this at the entrance to be in the store instead helping customers and replenishing stock.

“The unit will use minimal fixings as highlighted on the supporting documents, fixed to the door framework.

“The installation will only be for the duration required to support our stores to control the amount of customers through this period.”

A decision on the applications will be made after public consultation ends on Wednesday, December 30.