A new mother was refused entry into a shop because staff said carrying her baby daughter broke their social distancing policy.

Kat Bailey, 35, had no alternative childcare when she had to collect supplies for her fitness studio business on Wednesday.

She took her three month old daughter, Jessica, to the Nottingham branch of wholesaler Makro but says she was turned away at the door.

Kat said: ‘It is daft. I had her in a baby carrier. It is not like she was going to run away.

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‘I had no childcare. She was going to be with me at all times. I don’t see how that was going to do any harm. My baby was literally attached to me. I told them that.’

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Kat, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, has now decided to boycott Makro, which has more than 30 stores across the UK.

Before the unexpected setback, the mum-of-one was hoping to stock up on drinks, protein bars, hand sanitiser and cleaning equipment as she prepared for a limited reopening of her two fitness studios.

The businesswoman added: ‘The studio has spent the last nine months trying to keep going. We are struggling.

‘It’s so hard right now trying to run a business. Companies don’t really think about that.’

‘We just had to leave on Wednesday. I ended up buying what I needed off Amazon and other high street brand websites, which charge considerably more.

‘It was very inconvenient. I can’t imagine I was the only parent in that situation so they must have upset others.

‘The store manager there was not helpful. I have contacted the head office since and am waiting for them to contact me.

‘I won’t shop there again out of principle now, even if that means going out to the next county – Derbyshire – to buy my supplies for work.’

A spokeswoman for Makro told Nottinghamshire Live: ‘The current situation has meant that we have implemented some changes in our stores. We are only open to trade customers and not the general public.

‘Due to the nature of our shopping environment and the number of customers we are experiencing, children under 16 are currently not allowed into the branch and we are also asking that only two people shop per customer card.

‘We are also limiting the number of customers into our branches at any one time.

‘These are some of the measures we have introduced to ensure that we operate “social distancing” which is so crucial in maintaining the health, wellbeing and safety of our colleagues and customers in the challenging environment in which we are all working.

‘We are sorry to hear about these concerns; we are simply trying to keep everyone safe and well, while supporting the hundreds of thousands independent businesses we are serving every week, who are serving their local communities.’

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