Whole Foods, Target, Walmart among stores to install sneeze guards to checkout lanes

Kimberly Dole
March 27, 2020 - 4:41 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Whole Foods, Walmart and Target are among the stores that are installing plexiglass sneeze guards in the coming weeks as a way to enforce social distancing guidelines and help protect their employees from the spread of coronavirus.

Whole Foods stores is in the process of installing sneeze guards to all its location in order to protect customers and employees from the spread of coronavirus. 

They have also has adjusted its hours and expanded employee benefits during the pandemic.

Within the next three weeks, Walmart is adding the sneeze guards to nearly 5,000 of its U.S. stores and at its 600 Sam's Club locations.

The company will also add floor decals at the checkout lines to remind shoppers to keep a six-foot distance as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

They said a new backpack-style sprayer used by employees to sanitize shopping carts "quicker and more thoroughly."

Earlier this week, Target announced that they would also install protective plexiglass and that only certain aisles would be open at a time so that they could deep clean its checkout lanes after each transaction.

Target will halt in-store returns and exchanges for the next three weeks to as a way to reduce the number of items its employees are touching.

Other companies including Kroger and Albertsons will begin installing sneeze guards to its checkout lanes as well.