This afternoon Kevan has received an update from Asda about steps they are taking to protect customers visiting their stores:

Dear Mr Jones,

I wanted to update you on the extra steps we are taking to maintain social distancing in Asda stores and help to protect the safety of our customers and colleagues.  Although these measures will drastically change how people shop in our stores, this is the right thing for us to do to help limit the spread of infection.

I have pasted a poster below that you can share on social media to encourage customers to observe these changes, or please share this tweet from us.

From tomorrow, our customers will start to see:

  • Floor markings and directional barriers to help them maintain a 2-metre distance
  • Closure of every other self-checkout till
  • Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available at the front of the store
  • Increased signage and reminders to touch only items they intend to purchase
  • Encouragement to use cashless payment – the contactless limit will increase to £45 as of 1st April

We are in the process of installing Perspex screens at checkouts, pharmacies and service desks.  Some stores may also have colleagues at the doors to help maintain safe customer numbers to help with social distancing.

Our colleagues will have additional hand sanitiser and gloves, as well as more opportunities to step away from the shop floor to wash their hands. Our clinical workers (i.e. pharmacists and optometrists) will be provided with face masks, in line with government guidance.

In a fast moving environment, we are doing all we can to keep our customers and colleagues safe throughout these unprecedented times.