Loblaw piloting "one-way lane" traffic for customers in select stores

Apr 2 2020, 1:47 pm

Loblaw, which runs Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, and more, is piloting one-way customer traffic in some stores.

This new measure, which sees customers move through select locations in one direction, with no backtracking, is one of the many ways the company is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, some stores have been asking customers to refrain from bringing their own reusable bags, as the sanitization of each individuals bags cannot be guaranteed.

To help make this adjustment easier on shoppers, the fee for paper or plastic bags has been temporarily waived.

Loblaw is also limiting the number of customers allowed in its busiest stores at once, in order to make the practice of social distancing easier to maneuver.

Spacing markers have been placed at pharmacy counters, while markers and plexiglass barriers are in place at checkout counters, as well.

The company has reduced store hours at its nearly 2,500 stores across Canada, including both grocery and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

This means that staff have more time to restock, sanitize stores, and get some rest, too.