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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:03 PM

What's In Store: Groceries Installing Protective Plastic Shields At Checkouts

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Grocery stores across the U.S. are installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help keep cashiers and shoppers from infecting one another with the coronavirus.

At a Stop & Shop supermarket Thursday in Quincy, just south of Boston, shoppers paid for and bagged their groceries, separated from employees by newly installed see-through barriers.

“I think it’s a great protection for customers ... and the cashiers,” said Jasmine Vazquez, a home health aide shopping for a client. “We’re supposed to be 6 feet away, but we’re closer to them. So that protection helps, and I feel safer.”

The measures are “all about safety for our customers and our associates,” Stop & Shop spokeswoman Jennifer Brogan said.

“When you’re checking out, there’s not a 6-foot distance — as recommended by the CDC — between the cashier and the customer,” she said. “So we’ve added that as protection as a shield between the two.”

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

Also installing plastic are Giant Eagle grocery stores in Ohio, as well as Walmart and the Kroger supermarket chain, which said “sneeze guards” will be erected at all its more than 2,700 stores in the next few weeks as the outbreak intensifies.

The Florida-based Publix supermarket chain said Wednesday that all 1,200 locations will have partitions installed at the cash registers, customer service desks and pharmacies within two weeks....

More, https://apnews.com/80c4ba51468c29530a7bef605ca748af

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Reply What's In Store: Groceries Installing Protective Plastic Shields At Checkouts (Original post)
appalachiablue Thursday OP
SWBTATTReg Thursday #1
appalachiablue Thursday #3
SWBTATTReg Thursday #6
WePurrsevere Thursday #2
appalachiablue Thursday #4
msongs Thursday #5
stillcool Thursday #7
customerserviceguy Thursday #8
kimbutgar Thursday #9

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:06 PM

1. In STLMO, Schucks (a grocery store chain) has installed 'plexiglass sneeze guards' around each...

checkout station, protects the workers and the customers. A good idea.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:07 PM

3. Tx, so many grocers are installing guards, fast action.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:12 PM

6. Every little bit helps! It is good to see this. I do feel better, when I see these actions (as ...

opposed to the idiot actions by rump).

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:07 PM

2. My daughter just told me that they're...

Doing this locally. She had to run to the grocery and the shields were up and they and all other surfaces were wiped down after each customer.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:08 PM

4. I saw lots of stores mentioned, all over the US in reading today-

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:12 PM

5. honolulu safeway put those up a week ago. they get dirty quickly nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:13 PM

7. we have those and...

you're not supposed to bring your own bags anymore?

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:05 PM

8. I realize that the best way to pay

is with a credit or debit card at a terminal just outside the sneeze guard zone, but what about people who want to pay with cash?

Also, doesn't the cashier have to hand you a receipt? I suppose it could be put in a bag with the groceries, but cashiers have to be instructed to do that, and shoppers have to be educated that will be done.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:56 PM

9. I saw one yesterday at a grocery outlet in South SF

And you have to bag your own groceries.

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