Theresa May showed shoppers how it's done by keeping her distance while queuing to shop in Waitrose.

The former Prime Minister was seen using her phone as she stood in line with a number of other shoppers standing two metres apart at the Berkshire store.

May, 63, reportedly spent around 45 minutes in the store before leaving with a bag of groceries.

Last week May spoke out in support of Boris Johnson who remains in hospital at St Thomas' Hospital in London - although has now left intensive care.

She said: "My thoughts and prayers are with Boris Johnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital ."

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May queued while using her phone outside the Berkshire branch

Outside the Waitrose branch, a number of cordons appeared to be in place, seemingly aimed at stopping people from crowding outside the store.

All supermarkets continue to impose social distancing measures for shoppers, allowing only a certain number of shoppers in at any one time.

They are also enforcing similar measures inside their stores at till points.

Now, as the country approaches what looks to be a glorious Easter weekend, the government has issued a number of warnings for people to stay home and save lives, despite the sunny weather.

The military and police may also take to patrolling beaches and beauty spots to ensure people are not gathering.

One police chief even warned his force was only “a few days away” from imposing roadblocks.

Theresa May spotted queuing outside the Berkshire Waitrose

The Devon & Cornwall force also said it would be patrolling the M5 motorway on the Somerset and Devon border to keep tourists away from the area.

Military Defence Police, based in Portsmouth and Plymouth, will be operating along the coastlines in Dorset, Devon and Cornall to ensure people 'do not gather unnecessarily',  reported i news  on Thursday evening.

Foreign Secretary  Dominic Raab, standing in for the Prime Minister, urged restraint amid signs social-distancing was beginning to work.

It comes as Boris Johnson  was last night moved back to the ward at St Thomas’ Hospital in South London after his condition improved following three anxious nights in intensive care.

A No10 spokesman said the PM “will receive close monitoring” and was “in extremely good spirits”.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged Brits to stay at home this weekend, despite the predicted sunny weather

The PM’s fiancée Carrie Symonds broke her silence by tweeting multiple clapping hand emojis and a child’s painting of a rainbow, as the country applauded health workers at 8pm.

Government officials are now confident that new coronavirus infections are starting to level off.

But as Mr Johnson spent his fifth night in hospital, Mr Raab said it was too soon to begin lifting the measures brought in almost three weeks ago.

Saying the Government would not even begin re-assessing the lockdown until the end of next week, he urged the public to think “long and hard” about the impact on heroic NHS staff if they ignored the rules.

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“After all the efforts everybody has made, after all the sacrifices so many people have made let’s not ruin it now,” Mr Raab said.

“Let’s not undo the gains we’ve made, let’s not waste the sacrifices so many people have made. We mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people and to hurt our country.”

Apologising that people would not be able to spend time with their families over Easter he added: “The deaths are still rising. It’s too early to lift the measures that we put in place.”

Ministers launched a Stay at Home This Easter publicity drive designed to make sunseekers think twice.

And stars from sport, and music backed the message. England and  Manchester United  footballer Marcus Rashford, and Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder joined key workers to record clips for a video released by Greater Manchester Police yesterday.

The warnings come as new figures showed the number of hospital patients who have died after testing positive rose 881 to 7,978.

But the rate of new infections appears to have slowed and officials are confident lockdown is working. Sources say they now believe Brits with Covid-19 are infecting on average less than one person each.