Argos stores are the latest on the high street to close due to the coronavirus, those inside Sainsbury’s supermarkets will remain open.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday evening, effective immediately Argos stores are to shut their doors. However, employees working as part of Sainsbury’s click and collect are still expected to work.

Louisa Philbrooks, Argos Employee

Workers such as nineteen-year-old Louisa Philbrooks turned up to work this morning like usual despite many others being told to stay at home, but she did not receive the warmest of welcomes during these tough times.

“PICKING UP TOYS IS NOT ESSENTIAL”
louisa philbrooks, argos employee

Instead, she was brought to tears after a customer was rude to her and raised his voice.  Feeling anxious at having to work during the pandemic, she asks that shoppers only pick up what is necessary.

She explained that working “feels wrong” as they do not sell essential items and customers are coming into store to collect products such as trampolines and lawnmowers.

Although precautions have been taken in store to avoid spreading the virus, Louisa is still worried.

“IT STILL DOESN’T FEEL LIKE THE CHANCES OF GETTING IT ARE REDUCED”
LOUISA PHILBROOKS, ARGOS EMPLOYEE

With every other till being closed, barriers being used and gloves being warn it still might not be enough, especially when they are still excepting cash payments.

When asked what she would tell the people at home she stated “get what you need and go, take this seriously”.

Be kind and stay safe. #stayhome