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Meijer installing sneeze guards at checkouts

Posted: 6:52 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 19:03:37-04
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WALKER, Mich. — Meijer is changing the look of its checkout lanes to help protect its customers and employees during the cornavius outbreak.

The Midwest retail giant will install plexiglass shields — or sneeze guards — at cash registers, beginning next week, according to Meijer today.

The shields will "help prevent the spread of the coronavirus."

“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," said Rick Keyes, president and CEO, Mejier.

The move is the latest "significant" step Meijer said it has taken over the last several weeks to "ensure its stores are as safe as possible.":

— It suspended the use of reusable bags by customers, unless they’re being used for the Shop & Scan pro

— It discontinued accepting beverage container returns at Michigan stores

— It temporarily removed Sandy the Pony from stores

— It marked X's on the floor 6 feet apart where customers may congregate, such as checkout lines, the pharmacy and service desk counter. It is also verbally reminding customers to stand on the X’s in line and suggesting they use shopping carts to gauge the appropriate distance from others

Meijer has 248 stores across the Midwest.