Tesco makes another U-turn in reopening its stores after lockdown 2.0 confusion (Image: SWNS)
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Tesco has made another major U-turn and is reopening sections of its stores after barricading 'non-essential' items from customers in lockdown confusion.
The retail giant ordered the grand reopening of its upper floors in multi-level stores across England, which were initially blocked off in lockdown 2.0.
Customers were baffled to find 'non-essential' items blocked off by walls of tinsel, chocolates and Lynx Africa stacked at the foot of escalators.
Tesco security guards watched over the haphazard barricades leaving shoppers unable to purchase items including clothing, electronics, homeware and toys.
It comes just weeks after Tesco came under fire for wrongfully banning customers from purchasing tampons as 'non-essential' goods during the fire-break lockdown in Wales.
Shoppers were disappointed when they were unable to access items including homeware and clothes at the beginning of England's second lockdown
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One parent was furious when they discovered beers being used to block access to children's clothes at a store in Walsall, West Midlands.
Taking to Twitter, another shopper said: "Seriously what is going on? Tesco has started to section off 'non essential' areas of their stores like the lunatics in Wales, why?
"We'll just shop on-line or elsewhere."
While another admitted to getting their goods from Asda instead, which kept its mezzanine floor open.
Tesco shoppers were outraged to find parts of the store blocked off by a wall of booze
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Non-essential items are sealed off in a Tesco store in Cardiff
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Asda explained it is "not required to cordon off any aisles" and can continue to sell its usual range of products as it was deemed an essential retailer.
Tesco has since confirmed it reopened its upper floors on Saturday morning, with all items back on sale.
A spokesperson said: "Our mezzanine levels are now open again for customers in all our stores.”
Tesco has more than doubled its online delivery slots to 1.5 million per week amid a surge in demand during England's second lockdown.
The supermarket also came under fire during the Wales fire break lockdown when customers were banned from buying tampons
The store has already released its Christmas delivery slots and is encouraging people to shop in store where possible amid high demand online.
A spokesperson added: "There's still high demand for our online service, so we’d encourage you to shop in-store if you’re able to do so, where we have a number of safety measures in place.
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"To help more people shop in-store at times that are quieter or more convenient, we've extended the opening hours in many of our shops, although the majority remain closed overnight.
"We've more than doubled the number of online slots to 1.5 million each week.
"This is to help anyone who's unable to shop in‐store – especially our most vulnerable customers – so they can access our online service."