Sobeys has announced that it is beginning to install plexiglass shields at checkout lanes in stores across Canada in order to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
The physical barriers are just one in a series of new measures the grocer is taking in order to prioritize health and safety while providing an essential service.
After a test-run, Sobeys said that the installation of the barriers began on Thursday night, and teams are working quickly to get them up across Canada as soon as possible.
“They will not be in every store immediately, but we’ll install them as quickly as we can,” reads a release.
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Other measures that the store has put into place include: staff washing their hands every 15 minutes; “extra resources” that enable cashiers to wipe down common areas more frequently; and a reduction of hours to 8 am to 8 pm only, to support extra sanitation protocols.
And, stores will start to mark the floors near the checkout to facilitate two-metre distancing between customers waiting in line.
The new steps Sobeys is taking are in addition to the measures already put into place since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, including but not limited to the introduction of Senior Shopping Hour for the first hour of the day.
At Sobeys stores now, you’ll also find that self-serve bulk goods are no longer available, and while hot meal and salad bar sections are still open, self-serve areas not staffed have closed.
— Sobeys (@sobeys) March 20, 2020