Wegmans, Walmart installing plexiglass shield between customers, employees to protect against COVID-19

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, grocery stores are taking steps to keep their employees safe.

Multiple stores are installing “sneeze guards” or plexiglass shield between pharmacists, cashiers, and customers.

Plexiglass shield at Wegmans (David Hattman/CBS17)

Pharmacy lanes at both Walmart and Sam’s Club began will be outfitted with plexiglass barriers.

A Walmart spokesperson says the sneeze guards will also be installed at Walmart registers during the next three weeks. 

“This is intended to help bring peace of mind that we are doing everything we can to keep our people and our stores safe,” said  Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson.

Crowson said Walmart is also installing floor decals at the entrances and in checkout lanes, so customers can keep the proper social distance from each other.

Wegmans will also start installing sneeze guards. 

A spokesperson says the installation of plexiglass shields has begun at front-end registers and pharmacies in Rochester, NY.  Over the next several weeks, the shields will be installed at all pharmacies and registers.

In addition, Wegmans says it is also implementing social distancing indicators in the store to limit exposure while customers wait in line at the pharmacy or while checking out.

A Publix spokesperson says the company is taking extra precautions for the well-being of customers and associates. They will begin installing plexiglass company-wide at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies this weekend.  

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