Chippy in Covid-19 hotspot slammed as hundreds scramble to bag 45p deal

A chip shop in a coronavirus hotspot has been slammed as hundreds of customers flocked to take advantage of a 45p deal – with claims there was little sign of any social distancing.

The popular chippy was blasted as many scrambled for the cheap deal despite coronavirus cases being on the rise.

Locals queued for hours to grab the deal, despite the shop being located in one of the country's Covid-19 hotspots.

Mother Hubbard's fish and chip shop in Bradford, West Yorkshire was surrounded by customers over the weekend, reports Mirror Online.

Owners said the mega offer was meant to raise spirits after a challenging time for the area.

But the deal didn't please everyone as coronavirus cases in the area have seen a sudden surge and seen fears of another lockdown loom.

Nicola Khan, who captured video of the queues, said people were not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing as they flocked to the eatery.

She said: "Absolutely shocking, people queuing like sardines, no social distancing, no masks – and all for 45p fish and chips."

The video also seemed to show metal barriers in place, which were put up by the restaurant in an effort to facilitate sensible queuing outside the store.

But one passer-by added that scenes like the one outside Mother Hubbard's are "definitely a contributing factor" in rising infection rates.

Mother Hubbard's responded to the controversy, claiming that while the scene did look "chaotic", the restaurant "tried its best" to manage things "professionally."

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The chippy said that markings were made on the ground to enforce social distancing, while masks and hand sanitiser were also handed out to those in the queue.

A spokesperson from Mother Hubbard's said: "Our priority is to keep the public and our staff safe, that is always our intention.

"In the videos and pictures, the scene did look chaotic, but they don't tell the full story.

"We had professional barriers in place, we had markings on the ground so people could socially distance, we were giving out masks and hand sanitiser to the customers and only two-to-three people were allowed inside the store at one time.

"We can understand why people have perceived the scenes negatively, but we tried our best to manage things.

"If you look at the government's eat out to help out scheme, no restaurants in Bradford had the same measures that we had in place yesterday.

"We saw long queues outside restaurants across Bradford during that scheme. None of them went to the extent of having barriers or handing out masks, but we went to the next level and we prepared professionally.

"We invested a lot of money in keeping people safe."

The special offer was a throwback to when it opened in 1972 by Coronation Street stars Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander, who played Stan and Hilda Ogden.

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