A CONTROLLED method of dealing with social distancing was clear from the get-go on my weekly shop at Asda in Kendal.

When I approached the entrance there was a team of security guarding the front like it was an army encampment.

I was told “grab your trolley and take the guided route to the right side of the building” which has been neatly cordoned off by fencing.

I was lucky enough to go at a quieter time. Clearly the panic buying frenzy is slowing down.

When you get in to the store you are greeted by arrows on floor of the shop which tell you the direction you should be going in.

There is a flaw in this though. People either don’t follow the system designed to keep people two metres away from one another or they are petrified of breaking such rules.

There seemed to be plenty in stock of everything bar tinned goods and dried pasta and rice. Even the toilet roll seemed to be reasonably well stocked with only the one shelf void of rolls.

If you dare to go the wrong way down the aisles though, the worst you risk is a disapproving look.

However there is still a sense of panic buying as there very few trolleys not full to the brim.

As you get towards the left side of the shop, you find yourself trapped by the directional arrows, the end of each aisle directed towards you.

So you risk spending the rest of your days stood in the frozen food section, or brave a look of scorn and go against the arrows.

The workers looked fairly relaxed and there was no sign of stress which indicates that the system must be working for them.

If it wasn’t for Asda radio though, the shop would be silent.

People really only communicating with their eyes, with the occasional very British apology whenever someone encroached on another’s two metre distance.