The supermarket giant will implement six new policies in its stores starting this weekend after writing to customers explaining their position.
- Provide gloves to all store and distribution employees
- Installation of clear screens at more than 7,000 boxes
- Limit the number of people in the store at all times
- Encourage customers to buy alone, if possible, and join one person per cart
- Install two-meter floor markers and increased signage in stores to promote physical distance
- Encourage customers to use contactless payment such as contactless cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay rather than cash, if possible
Boss Giles Hurley said, “Working together, we have continued to make changes to protect you and our colleagues, and to ensure that we can feed the nation, including the most vulnerable, in this unprecedented time.” .
“More recently, we have begun offering our store and distribution colleagues the option of wearing face masks and accessing the government’s Covid-19 test program. “
“These moves are in addition to the other measures we have put in place to provide you with a safe, efficient and affordable shopping experience when you visit your local Aldi store.” “
“These measures would not have been as effective without you having played your part by following our guidelines with patience and understanding.
“There are bound to be more changes to come in these and other areas of our daily lives.
“Whatever they are, the steps we have taken are important and we hope that they – and your continued support for them – will be necessary for the foreseeable future.
“Another problem that does not go away is the need for all of us to make our money grow. “
He added, “Whatever changes we make in-store – and I will of course keep you posted every time we do – I want you to know that every time you shop at Aldi, you can be sure that the price you pay at the checkout will be the lowest of any supermarket.
Aldi previously implemented a range of social distancing measures, including a no-contact policy, floor markings, checkout security screens, and one adult per store policy.
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They listed the busiest and quietest periods to visit its stores and used a traffic light system on the website to reduce overcrowding.
NHS, police and firefighters with valid ID are now given priority access to the queues at all times.
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Most stores are also open until 10 p.m., and Aldi bosses have encouraged people to visit at quieter times.
The busiest periods would be at the end of the morning with quieter periods between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.