How your weekly food shop is changing with social distancing

Woolworths and Aldi install screens to protect shoppers and staff from COVID-19
Woolworths and Aldi install screens to protect shoppers and staff from COVID-19

Floor markings to keep customers apart, perspex screens and cashless payments are becoming the norm in Australia's supermarkets as social distancing measures are ramped up.

Aldi and Woolworths announced that they will be rolling out pexiglass screens at manned checkouts at each store in Australia in the coming weeks.

The first screens have already been rolled out at Woolworths Town Hall and Kellyville North.

Woolworths installs screens in it's Australian stores. Pic: Dallas Kilponen

Woolworths installs screens in it's Australian stores. Pic: Dallas Kilponen

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said: "Our stores remain open and we will continue to stand by the Australian community through this health crisis.

"As our team members continue providing for the community, we will do everything necessary to uphold public health and safety in our stores.

"We know it's not always easy to maintain social distancing at our checkouts, so we've started installing plexiglass screens as an additional safeguard for our team members and customers."

In an announcement to shoppers Aldi said it would also be implementing screens at checkouts and social distancing floor markers across all stores: "Our stores now have 1.5 metre social distancing floor markers at our checkouts and security guards will enforce customer flows, such as limiting the number of shoppers in our stores.

To protect our employees, we are currently in the process of installing clear screens at each store register. We also encourage customers to use contactless payment where possible."

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