Aldi has announced a new traffic light system to control how many shoppers can enter stores at one time. This will be used to manage queues as Britons practice social distancing in stores.
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Supermarkets have regularly updated rules to keep up with changing demand during the coronavirus lockdown.
Increasing safety measures has led to long queues outside many supermarkets.
This week, Aldi has introduced new technology to help manage queues and how many people are entering stores.
The retailer has brought in traffic lights that will signal when customers are able to safely go inside.
The technology will track how many people are entering and leaving the shop to ensure it does not get overcrowded.
Shoppers will be signalled to enter based on social distancing rules.
The retailer announced this will roll out to stores across the UK after being trialled in a selected number of branches.
Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi explained: “The protection and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and this new system is an accurate and effective way to allow us to control customer numbers in stores.
“The system’s trial was well received by our customers and we will be gradually rolling this new social distancing measure out nationwide from this week.”
NHS staff will still be able to get priority access if heading to the front of the queue.
This follows a range of other safety measures that have been brought in at supermarkets over the last couple of months.
Like many other retailers, Aldi has trolley and cleaning stations available in stores.
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Perspex screens have been put around till points to protect employees and customers and card payments have been encouraged.
Floor markings have also been put in place in stores to ensure Britons keep their distance.
This has been done to help promote social distancing as the government advises Britons to keep a two metre distance.
For customers who can not visit the retailer easily, Aldi launched food boxes that contain 22 essential items.
These aim to help elderly and vulnerable customers who may struggle to safely visit supermarkets.
Shoppers can order an Aldi Food Parcel that is filled with essential food and household products.
They included items such as soup, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, hand wash and toilet roll.
These cost £24.99 and offer contactless delivery to help shoppers stay safe.
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