A CONCERNED shopper has shared footage of people seemingly passing by within just inches of each other at a large supermarket using only one door for entering and exiting.

Tracy May, from Clayton, was at the Morrison's store in Girlington on Sunday, May 10.

She went into the supermarket while her husband waited outside and was appalled at what she saw.

Mrs May said: "There wasn't anyone waiting, so I went straight in.

"I couldn't believe how many people were inside - there was no two-metre distancing followed."

A Morrison's spokesperson reiterated that social distancing measures are in place at the store.

This includes signs, stickers, tannoy announcements and staff around the store reminding customers about the requirements.

People are also asked to shop alone where possible.

The spokesperson said that shoppers have to take responsibility themselves too and take the advice seriously, ensuring they respect other customers and staff.

They added: "We ask customers to respect social distancing guidelines when shopping in our stores and to stay two metres away from others."

Mrs May and her family have shopped at the Girlington store for years and said it seemed like it was just a normal day there.

The 55-year-old wears a mask and gloves when shopping due to being a key worker and was shocked at the reaction of other shoppers.

She said: "Anytime anyone came near me, I moved away - this cannot be said for others.

"If I asked anyone to move to the side, I was met with either blank stares or just laughed at.

"I thought, 'are you for real, there's a pandemic going on'".

Mrs May's husband, who was outside, claimed the security guard on the one door used to enter and exit the store was being lapse in controlling the flow of people.

He filmed the situation, as a result.

Mrs May said: "It just wasn't safe at all, there was just no social distancing as you were walking in the entrance and out.

"It was basically just a free-for-all, there were far too many people in.

"It was chaos, absolutely, it was ridiculous.

"At one point on the video the guard is letting five or six people go in all at once together.

"I don't think they were there together because they weren't queuing together.

"He wasn't waiting for anybody coming out to get in, he was randomly letting people in"

"It was a joke, the only time the two-metre ruling came into effect was when you queued for the checkout."

Barriers are set-up outside the doors to help control the flow of people.

There is one designated area for queueing to get in and another section where you exit.

But, the footage appears to show people entering the barriers at the point designated for exiting and the guard seems to signal for them to move across the entrance, and so within two-metres of people leaving the store, to join the queue, rather than sending them back round the barriers to join from the back of the line.

A Morrison's spokesperson outlined that the number of people allowed in store is limited and once that is reached, the guard will stop letting people in.

The guards are employed by a third party company and can change from day-to day.

They are briefed on a daily basis and are told to stop people entering to allow others to exit and have been operating in this way, according to the spokesperson.

They added: "If we were using the second exit, then customers would have to walk directly across each other's paths in the store.

"It makes more sense to control the flow of customers via the security guard on the one door."

There are two sets of automatic doors used to enter and exit the Morrison's store in Girlington normally, which both lead into the same immediate foyer.

Mrs May says the door that is usually used as the entrance (to the left of the pictures) is blocked off by plantpots.

The door that is generally used to leave the store is being used for both entering and exiting.

Mrs May said: "I understand what they're saying but they should open the doors nearest the cash machine (to the left) for the entrance and use the other doors for the exit."

Just a week ago, an employee at the same store - who wished to remain anonymous - expressed their concern over a lack of social distancing in the supermarket.

This focused on customers, but the staff member did outline they felt disappointed with how management were dealing with the situation.

Morrison's refuted the claims and reiterated the need for the public to play their part.

Mrs May appreciates that and sympathises with Morrison's.

But, she still feels they could be doing more to resolve the situation.

She said: "They need to concentrate on looking at how busy it is at peak times and having more staff walking the store to keep distancing.

"I will think hard before going there at this moment in time."