Llanrwst councillor Aaron Wynne has now launched a petition calling for inspections in stores
Supermarkets should be widely inspected to check if social distancing guidelines are being followed, a councillor has said.
Conwy county councillor Aaron Wynne, who represents Crwst ward in Llanrwst, said he was “disappointed” there appeared to be “little effort” to protect staff and customers in some supermarkets.
A petition set up by the Plaid Cymru councillor garnered responses from people worried by poor social distancing in shops.
He has written to store chains about his concerns.
Cllr Wynne said: “Things have definitely changed since mid-July and some people are behaving like the pandemic has ended.
“It’s very worrying. The supermarkets have said they are doing all they can but it’s very difficult for staff if they don’t have the backup from management.
“You go to the shops, you see crowds in there and you see the whole family unit shopping, which there is no need for.
“What I would like to see is Conwy follow the lead of the council in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which is upping its inspections by environmental health to ensure social distancing is being followed.”
Responding to Cllr Wynne’s petition, Elizabeth Wallis said: “The one-way systems that were originally in place made the supermarkets much safer.
“They should be reinstated despite the slight inconvenience.”
Christine Hargreaves called for “mandatory” mask use in shops. She said: “I wear my mask to protect others, they should surely respect this and reciprocate. It should be mandatory in stores.”
Lesley Heatley said: “I never shop at weekends anymore – too scary.”
June Powell said she was “scared to go shopping in the big stores now – people just wandering about with no distancing”.
Conwy county council said it would “continue to carry out inspections of premises”.
A spokeswoman said: “The issue of supermarkets and Covid-19 precautions has been raised nationally and we know the Welsh Local Government Association leader is writing to council leaders highlighting his local concerns and seeking views on the consistency of large supermarkets’ Covid precautions around social distancing, queuing and one-way systems, provision of hand sanitisers and PPE equipment for staff.
“The WLGA has also raised the issue with ministers who are supportive of authorities who are required to take any necessary enforcement action.”
- This story was published by Jez Hemming of North Wales Daily Post