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At least two cases of coronavirus at Marks and Spencer, it is understood


By Jonathan Clark

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AT LEAST two members of staff at Marks and Spencer in Elgin have tested positive for coronavirus, it is understood.

Marks and Spencer, High Street, Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Marks and Spencer, High Street, Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

When contacted by the Northern Scot, Marks and Spencer declined to either confirm or deny the cases, instead stating that they cannot discuss the health of their colleagues.

However, the Scot understands that at least two staff members are currently off with the virus.

While declining to confirm the cases, a spokesperson for the chain did respond to a letter sent on behalf of a worried Northern Scot reader and Marks and Spencer customer.

The letter, sent at the start of the week, read: "At Marks and Spencer Elgin I feel the restrictions within the store are becoming too lean with the one-way system not reintroduced.

"The shop feels far too busy in the morning with the shopping aisles full and nobody is stopping the customers.

"As well as this you can see colleagues behind the till with no mask but the screen they have doesn’t cover all the way around especially if you are on a small till."

The Tesco-side entrance at Marks and Spencers has been in use recently. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The Tesco-side entrance at Marks and Spencers has been in use recently. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Marks and Spencer responded by outlining the Covid-19 protocols that are in place at its stores across the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson said: “The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers always comes first and we have enhanced cleaning procedures and measures in place across all M&S stores to help ensure social distancing.

"This includes perspex screens at tills and a colleague at each entrance counting customers in and out of the store to manage its maximum capacity.

"Any colleague that tests positive for Covid-19, or who has been in close contact with a colleague who tests positive, is supported to self-isolate straight away on full pay.

"As well as working with NHS Test and Protect, we also have our own robust contact tracing system to ensure that we reach all relevant colleagues. We also carry out a deep clean of the store as a precaution."



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