It is business as usual for some despite their employees not counting as key workers.
Many of the businesses claim to be shut as their shops are shut.
However, their customers can still buy online, meaning that their warehouse staff are still working.
Argos is one of these businesses that are staying open, seeing their warehouse staff heading to work despite coronavirus.
In Salford there currently is a total of 25 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
On the website Argos say that, “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, standalone Argos stores are now closed.
“The Argos website is open as usual and still offering fast delivery, so while shops are shut customers can still buy Argos products online quickly and easily.
“Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets are also still open.”
Workers at the warehouses expressed their fury on Twitter.
I work in a warehouse . been told just because they provide an online service . its business as usual . I can understand white goods been essential . surely wardrobes and table and chairs are not essential . things need to be looked at ?
— David (@Davidhughes1988) March 24, 2020
I work for Argos warehouse there will be no 2 metres there as we are still asked to come in how is Argos products essential
— Richard (@Richard14014048) March 24, 2020
My hubby works in the warehouse in Argos and as it's crazy so many deliveries they're not closing he says people are going mental like Christmas
— Lisa (@Bonjovibabe70) March 23, 2020
The small Argos shops that are in a lot of Sainsbury’s will need goods provided to them.
This means it isn’t just online deliveries that the staff have to worry about.
I work in a store in Sainsbury’s. Our workers will be encountering a lot more people within the Sainsbury’s supermarket! Argos as a company do not sell essential items & therefore ALL stores should be closed not just the stand alone stores. I feel very let down by the company!
— Olivia (@OliviaMay260799) March 24, 2020
There are a two Argos shops in Salford which will close and they are located here:
Recently sporting goods chain Sports Direct found a lot of criticism coming their way.
They had tried to keep stores open even when the Prime Minister had announced the lockdown.
— Sports Direct (@SportsDirectUK) March 24, 2020
Sports Direct shops have now been forced to shut until at least until 20th April.
This is when the lockdown will be reassessed.
Therefore, the only Sports Direct store in Salford will be closed until further notice.
Who has told you you are essential retail? As far as I am aware, my workplace (PrettyLittleThing warehouse for online) will be open, and SportsDirect warehouse and head office will be open too. Neither are essential, but the Government need some economic cycle…
— Matt Cooper (@mattcooper85) March 24, 2020