STAFF have tested positive for Covid-19 at three more Hampshire retailers.

The Co-operative Food store on Sandy Lane, Fair Oak is currently still open with Covid-19 safety measures in place despite a member of staff testing positive.

Although the individual was not in the store this week, a number of colleagues are now isolating with a deep clean of the store taking place on Wednesday.

Southern Co-op said the store is now closing at 8pm every evening temporarily, as opposed to its usual 10pm closing time.

A spokesperson for the food retailer said: “The Co-operative Food in Fair Oak is currently open with comprehensive Covid-19 safety measures throughout and we will continue to be there for the local community during the current lockdown.

“A small number of colleagues are isolating as a precaution.

“We would like to thank the community for its support and understanding.

“We’d also like to wish our colleague a full and speedy recovery.”

Three staff members at the B&Q store in Nursling have also tested positive for the virus since Monday. 

The store was deep cleaned and the DIY retailer said all guidelines are being followed.

A B&Q spokesperson said: “Customer and colleague safety is our number one priority, so all of our stores have stringent social distancing measures in place.

“When shopping in our stores, we continue to ask all our customers to shop responsibly and follow the government’s social distancing guidelines.

This comes after staff members at the Sainsbury's store in Portswood Road, Southampton tested positive last week.

In response, the supermarket brought in stricter cleaning on top of the already strict social distancing rules and hand sanitiser stations.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “A small number of colleagues have tested positive at our Southampton Portswood store and are self-isolating at home. A small number of colleagues are also self-isolating as a precaution."

The store did not confirm how many members of staff tested positive.