INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) -- Kroger on Tuesday announced new steps to protect its employees against the COVID-19 Coronavirus, including plexiglass partitions at its checkout lanes.
Customers may soon see associates wearing protective gloves and masks,
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The company says because personal protective equipment is in high demand, it's asking government officials to help make grocery workers a priority for those supplies, after healthcare workers.
It says the plexiglass partitions will start appearing at many of its stores this week.
The partitions will be installed at every checkout lane, pharmacy counter and Starbucks register.
The company will also add "educational floor decals" to promote distancing at checkout lanes and other counters.
Kroger says it's continuing to improve on its daily sanitation practices, including increased cleaning of commonly used areas.
"Kroger associates are on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis, ensuring Americans have access to food, services and other products during this unprecedented epidemic," the company said in a statement.