Sobeys installs Plexiglas shields, other measures, to fight spread of COVID-19

Plexiglas shields at cash registers are among new measures that Sobeys grocery stores announced on Friday morning to help protect customers and staff from COVID-19.

The Plexiglas shielding was installed at some stores Thursday night and the company said they’ll roll out the protection at every store as soon as possible.

“We are announcing a series of new measures to further enhance the stepped-up sanitation protocols at our stores,” said Sobeys president and CEO Michael Medline in a statement posted to the company’s Twitter account. “We tested Plexiglas cashier shields as yet another safeguard to protect our teammates and customers from this terrible coronavirus.

“We’ve looked across the world at best practices and these shields stand out as a strong safety precaution.”

Store hours will also be reduced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow staff more time for new sanitation protocols and to stock shelves.

The company said staff are now to wash their hands every 15 minutes and cashiers will disinfect their tills more frequently

Sobeys said floor markers will also be added to queuing areas to help customers maintain proper social distancing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20, 2020.

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