Tuesday, 24 March 2020: Woolworths is rapidly rolling out a range of new measures to help uphold public and team safety in its stores as the coronavirus health continues to unfold.
The supermarket has committed to the installation of protective plexiglass screens at the manned checkouts of each store across Australia in the coming weeks.
The first screens have already been rolled out at Woolworths Town Hall and Kellyville North.
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.
We thank our customers for their understanding as we work through these challenging times together.”
The move follows Woolworths’ earlier rollout of social distancing measures in-store to help customers and team members follow the latest public health advice.
Posters placed in prominent sections of the store provide customers and teams with helpful tips to minimise contact with others.
Customers are encouraged to use their trolley as a distance guide and advised to follow floor markings at checkouts.
Last week, Woolworths advised its team members that security guard coverage would be introduced across every single store in the country. This coverage is now in place across more than 950 stores. All remaining stores will have security guards in the coming days.
On 12 March 2020, Woolworths also introduced special leave support measures for Australian team members impacted by coronavirus, including casual team members.