The Kroger Co. is doing its part to promote physical distancing in its stores.
The supermarket giant has begun installing plexiglass partitions at cash registers in many of its stores. Kroger said it anticipates every checklane having a partition, including pharmacy counters and in-store Starbucks registers, within the next several weeks.
In addition, Kroger is installing educational floor decals to promote physical distancing at checklanes and other counters.
“Our associates are on the frontlines, ensuring Americans have access to the food, services and products they need during this unprecedented pandemic,” a Kroger spokesperson said. “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our associates.”
In other actions, the grocer is allowing employees to wear protective masks and gloves while at work.
Kroger noted that there is a national shortage of such personal protective equipment as gloves and masks, and that it fully supports America’s healthcare workers having first priority to obtain the equipment they need.
“We are advocating to government officials at all levels for help securing a priority place in line for all grocery workers -- after healthcare workers -- to have access to protective masks and gloves,” the spokesperson said.
Kroger said it continues to enhance its daily sanitation practices, including cleaning commonly used areas more often like cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters and shelves. It also has adjusted store operating hours across the country to allow more time for employees to rest, clean and replenish inventory.