Jewel adding sneeze guards in front of cashiers, closing salad bars to prevent spread of coronavirus

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ITASCA, Ill. — Customers checking out at Jewel-Osco stores will soon interact with cashiers through a plexiglass window, as the grocer adds sneeze guards and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Grocers are among the few businesses seen as “essential,” and as such are remaining open while much of Illinois shuts down.

In a statement released Tuesday, Jewel Osco outlined several steps its taking to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus. This includes:

  • Adding plexiglass sneeze guards at registers, desks, pharmacy stands and Starbucks locations
  • Using tape marks on the floor to indicate the six feet of appropriate “social distancing” space between customers waiting at the checkout, fresh food department and other locations
  • “Pausing” its soup, wing and salad bars
  • Regularly disinfecting stores and encouraging workers to practice appropriate hygiene

Jewel-Osco stores will also reserve special times for elderly and “vulnerable” shoppers, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.


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