BY HOPE NGO
MARCH 26, 2020 10:14 EDT
The last time you visited the supermarket might have been for toilet paper, or for supplies that you hoped would last you through the lockdown and shelter-in-place measures now in place across many, many states. But if you need to go to the supermarket for any reason, it may make you feel better to know that national supermarket chains like Kroger (which owns Ralph’s, Dillon’s, Smith’s, and Harris Teeter), Albertsons, and Walmart, as well as smaller city and regional operators are taking steps to make sure social distancing is enforced, and both frontline staff and shoppers are protected (via Daily News Journal).
In a press release, Walmart says it has begun installing temporary plexiglass barriers or sneeze guards at both Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets; they have also found a way to sanitize shopping carts thoroughly and easily. Walmart also says it will be laying down stickers so customers are able to work out what the proper social distance needs to be. Kroger and Albertsons say they are implementing similar measures. “We anticipate every check lane having a partition, including pharmacy counters and Starbucks registers, within the next several weeks,” said Kristal Howard, a Kroger spokeswoman says.