Iceland and BP ‘first of many shops to close’ unless ping rules are scrapped

Iceland and BP 'first of many shops to close' unless ping rules are scrapped
Iceland and BP 'first of many shops to close' unless ping rules are scrapped Credit: Pixabay

Iceland and BP could be the ‘first of many shops to close’ unless ping rules are scrapped in the UK.

Boris Johnson has been warned that retail companies including supermarkets are in trouble after staff are forced to self-isolate for 10 days. Supermarkets in the UK are struggling to keep up with demand and supermarket customers reportedly could be seeing empty shelves within 48 hours if the rules are not changed.

Iceland and BP could be the first to close. In fact, already some BP stations have closed and Iceland bosses have issued warnings too.


At the moment tremendous numbers of people are being pinged by the NHS Covid app. Once pinged people have to self-isolate for 10 days. This is causing staff shortages in many areas and stocking issues similar to those seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic could soon be seen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that he will not change the system. At the moment if a person comes into contact with someone who has the coronavirus then they must isolate for 10 days. This is set to change on August 16, when doubled jabbed people will become exempt.

According to The Mirror empty shelves have already been spotted across the UK including at an Edinburgh Morrisons, and a Tesco’s in Cambridge. It is expected that the number of people self-isolating will reach around one million people today, Thursday, July 22. If this number is reached it would be double those isolating the week before.

A retail source told the Sun: “Some stores say they will be in trouble in a couple of days without action.

“Opening hours are already being cut for some chains as well as the issues with getting products in and on shelves.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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