Aldi and Asda introduce ‘no touch’ policy to help curb the spread of coronavirus

During the coronavirus pandemic supermarkets across the nation have implemented many measures in order to keep the country safe. From social-distancing queuing to anti-stockpiling rules to special discounts and exclusive shopping hours for caseworkers and NHS staff, but for some stores it appears this wasn’t enough.

Asda and Aldi have decided to now implement a ‘no touch’ policy in their supermarkets to help to slow the spread of coronavirus. The chains have asked customers to avoid touching items they are not going to buy.

In a message on Asda’s website the company asked customers ”pick up only what you intend to buy" and ”touch less”.

"There will also be clear signage, directional barriers and floor markings to help you move around our store easily and maintain a two-metre distance from other customers and our colleagues,"

"You are allowed to bring your children and other members of your household to our stores, but we ask that you keep this to a minimum to help us maintain social distancing advice.

"We’re asking customers to only touch items they intend to purchase and to use cashless payment wherever they can to minimise contact.

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"There will be regular announcements on Asda radio to remind customers of their responsibility to apply social distancing rules, and to help you do this we are closing every other self-checkout till."

Additionally, Aldi have asked that customers only touch the trollies that they are using. A spokesman said: "Sanitisation stations are in place at the front of stores so it is easy for customers to disinfect their hands, trolleys and baskets before doing their shop.

"Our store colleagues may ask that customers only touch trolleys they intend to use."

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Meanwhile, The Sun has reported that Morrisons and Tesco do not yet have a no touch policy in place. Morrisons have reassured customers that it is very unlikely that Covid-19 can be passed on through food and Tesco has shared that people need to pick up food to check for ingredients and allergens.

A spokesman for Sainsbury's has said that they will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the government, but it does not have any 'no touch' measures.

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