A COVID outbreak has hit an Asda store in Southend, with 20 staff testing positive and a further 90 self-isolating, shop staff have claimed.

Management at the Shoebury store, on North Shoebury Road, have addressed the rumours circulating on social media, with some claiming more than 100 members of staff had tested positive.

But Asda themselves dispute the figures the shop staff claim.

However a staff member has issued a statement on social media. It reads: "Currently the store has approximately 90 staff members either isolating due to track n trace alerts or shielding.

"There are currently 20 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Those staff are obviously isolating.

"Currently the store is operating a maximum of 300 people inside the store (including staff).

"A queueing system may operate during busier times."

The staff also claimed discussions are underway with Southend Council to have a rapid Covid test site set up in the Asda Car Park.

It is understood this will be run by Southend Council.


The staff also urged customers to stay apart while inside the store. They added:

"To minimise queuing and waiting as much as possible.

"Please shop considerately in as small a group as possible (and if possible one person one trolley or basket.

"Please wear a mask/face covering correctly at all times when inside the store.

"Please keep your distance wherever possible.

"Please avoid lingering unnecessarily in the store as this will delay any queuing customers waiting to enter the store.

"The store is in constant contact with head office/regional office and keeping upto date with the necessary authorities.

"Our store is trying to make everyone feel safe. Please be respectful to each other."

A spokesman from Asda, said: "We would never comment on individual colleague circumstances, but the safety of both our colleagues and customers has been our key priority throughout the pandemic.

"This is why we have extensive measures in place such as protective screens, social distancing signage and numerous hand sanitiser stations across all our stores.

"Our customers can rest assured that we continue to follow government guidance by asking any colleagues with coronavirus symptoms to immediately self-isolate and are supporting them by providing full pay during the isolation period."