Meijer Joins Supermarkets Installing Sneeze Guards

When a good idea emerges, it typically catches on quickly across the spectrum, and that is the case with the supermarket shift across Michigan in installing “sneeze guards” to protect both patrons and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meijer has announced that they, too, will install plexiglass shields at all check lanes to add protection for both team members and customers beginning next week. That adds to the significant steps the retailer has taken over the last several weeks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect team members and customers while they’re in the chain’s 248 stores across the Midwest.

Here are other steps Meijer has taken to ensure its stores are as safe as possible:

  • Suspended the use of reusable bags by customers in its stores unless they’re being used for the retailer’s Shop & Scan program…
  • Discontinued accepting beverage containers for return at its Michigan stores…
  • Temporarily removed Sandy the Pony from the front end of its stores…
  • Marked X’s on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers may congregate, such as lines for check lanes, pharmacy and service desk counters. The retailer is also verbally reminding customers to stand on the X’s when waiting in any lines, and suggesting customers use the length of their shopping carts to gauge appropriate distance from others where there aren’t marked X’s on the floor…

Rick Keyes, Meijer President & Chief Executive Officer, says, “Meijer is a company that is guided by our fundamental values to do what is right for our team members and customers,” and adds, “Our No. 1 priority is to provide a safe environment for everyone who walks through our doors while meeting the needs of the communities we serve.”

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