An example of social distancing protocol at Safeway in Lone Tree, Colorado. (Photo courtesy Safeway and Albertsons)
Social distancing is the #NewNormal at Safeway and Albertsons.
As part of the ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Albertsons Companies has implemented social distancing protocols in all Safeway and Albertsons stores nationwide.
Signs tell customers to stay two cart lengths apart, or about six feet. Workers have put tape down to mark proper distance while in line and Albertsons Companies say more permanent floor markers will be installed.
Customers will notice the changes going into effect over the course of the next week or so.
Video and photos are from Safeway in Lone Tree, Colorado, courtesy Albertsons Companies.
The official release from Albertsons Companies.
Albertsons Companies Implements Social Distancing Protocol across All Stores
Posters plus designated wait points marked on grocery store floors will help everyone stay the CDC's recommended six feet apart
BOISE, Idaho, — March 23, 2020 – Albertsons Companies today announced that the company has begun implementing Social Distancing protocols across all 2,200+ stores. The goal with the protocol throughout the store is to follow guidance from the CDC to prevent customers from being within 6 feet of any other person for more than 10 minutes. Customers should see changes continue over the next week.
“Social distancing can make a significant difference in our communities as we face this pandemic,” said Vivek Sankaran, President & CEO. “Our stores are following the guidance from the CDC with regard to regular hand washing and enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols. We believe that the next step toward helping slow and contain the COVID-19 virus is by reinforcing proper social distancing whenever possible.”
The company is installing designated waiting points through floor markers positioned throughout the store, especially at check stands and stations where people most often congregate, like the service deli, bakeries and pharmacy areas. Customers will also be asked to wait until the customer in front of them has finished collecting their groceries before unloading their groceries at the check stand.
"We have seen our customers begin to implement social distancing on their own with our 'two carts apart' reminders as they shop our stores, so we think our floor markers will increase awareness," said Sankaran. "We know that with our customers' help, along with other safety measures have implemented in our stores, we can create safer environments and help our communities contain the spread of this contagious disease."