Tesco supermarkets have closed some non-essential sections of stores in England.

The change took effect on Saturday which means that some shoppers will not be able to purchase clothes, electronics, or other items through basic shopping.

The government said supermarkets will not have to shut down non-essential departments in England, as it did in Wales.

But according Nottinghamshire Live Any branch selling non-essential items on a different floor from the basics is to close off the unnecessary area.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “In line with new government directives in England requiring separate floors for the sale of non-food items to be closed, we have closed the clothing and general merchandise divisions of our stores that sell these products from a separate mezzanine.

But if the toilet or sanitary and beauty equipment is on another floor, it is believed that customers will still have access to it.

In line with government guidelines, general clothing and merchandise stores and Tesco mobile stores will remain open if located on the flagship floor.

At Tesco, there is a limit to three items for flour, dried pasta, toilet paper, baby wipes, and antibacterial wipes, and online, there are limits to some items such as rice and canned vegetables.

The company requires that “only one person from each household comes to the store to shop.”

“We continue to do everything we can to ensure everyone gets the food they need in a safe environment,” says Tesco.

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“We have installed a simple ‘traffic light’ system in some of our supermarkets to help us manage the influx and outflow. Once in the store, please adhere to the social distancing signs.

“If there is a queue outside and it is raining, we will distribute sterile umbrellas in our supermarkets.

“Hand sanitizers and cleaning stations are available throughout our stores, and we continue to provide tips and tricks for social distancing and signs in place. There are screens at the exit to keep everyone safe, and we encourage you to use contactless payment where possible.

“When you visit our stores, please follow the legal advice on wearing a face mask. If you forget to bring one, we have packaging available for purchase at the front of our stores, which you can open immediately and pay to shop later.

“As a reminder, the police can issue fines for not wearing a face covering, unless you are exempt.”