Meijer, Other Grocery Stores Installing Plexiglass Shields To Battle Coronavirus

The protective shields are just the latest measures to help stop the spread.

WWJ News
March 25, 2020 - 7:07 pm

    (WWJ) -- Multiple grocery stores across Michigan are announcing new measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Meijer, Kroger, Sam's Club and Walmart stores have all recently announced they have plans to install plexiglass shields in check-out lanes to add protection for both employees and customers.

    Meijer says the barriers will be installed beginning next week at its 248 stores throughout the Midwest. Kroger has already begun installations at 2,800 stores nationwide.

    Stores are expected to keep the barriers up for at least the next two or three weeks as Michigan continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. State health officials on Tuesday announced about 500 new cases of the virus and said the statewide death toll has risen to 43.

    The plexiglass shields are just the latest measures to battle the coronavirus inside grocery stores. Many stores have temporarily discontinues accepting can and bottle returns, while Meijer has suspended the use of reusable bags by customers in its stores unless they are being used for the retailer’s Shop & Scan program.

    Meijer has also temporarily removed Sandy the Pony from the front end of its stores and marked "X’s" on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers may congregate, such as  check-out lanes, pharmacy and service desk counters.

    Sam's Club announced earlier this week it is implementing special shopping hours for seniors and those with disabilities. Starting Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., stores nationwide will observe these hours to help protect the elderly, who are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

    Employees at stores everywhere are cleaning and disinfecting surfaces such as shopping carts, credit card terminals, shelves and door handles. Many grocery stores have hand sanitizer and wipes available at the front of the store, with Meijer employees even spraying and wiping down shopping carts for customers entering the store.

    Target has announced it is sanitizing checkout lanes between each transaction.

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