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(UPDATE: March 26 @ 6:10 pm) - Save-On-Foods has begun the process of installing Plexiglas shields at checkouts.
It's a move sweeping the nation as stores to their best to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 while remaining open to serve people's essential need for food and household supplies.
In-store updates:— Save-On-Foods (@saveonfoods) March 26, 2020
Plexiglass shields are being installed at checkouts.
Signs & floor decals have been added in high-traffic areas.
A limited amount of customers allowed in-store.
7AM-8AM is reserved for seniors & those most at risk.
Seating is removed from common areas. pic.twitter.com/5VkNatCWIc
In addition, Save-On-Foods is now limiting the amount of people allowed inside the store at once, although didn't provide what that number currently is.
The grocery chain has also added signs and floor decals to high traffic areas in all of its 178 stores across Western Canada.
Hours are still 8 am until 8 pm every day with an hour from 7 am until 8 am for seniors and other vulnerable shoppers.
(Original story: March 18 @ 2:55 pm) - Not long ago, a story about a couple cleaning out the meat section at a Save-On-Foods in the Okanagan went viral.
It led to plenty of public outrage and now it’s led to changes being made by the popular grocery store chain, which falls under the Jim Pattison umbrella.
Save-On-Foods announced today that it would be limiting its store hours from 8 am until 8 pm every day, starting on Thursday.
This will allow the teams at all 178 stores across Western Canada to properly clean, sanitize and restock the shelves that have been getting stripped bare over recent days.
There will also now be an hour each day from 7 am until 8 am where seniors, those with disabilities and other vulnerable people can shop in a less hectic environment where better social distancing practices are being followed.
“It is not business as usual and my amazing team of 21,000 team members has a big job to do as they work around the clock to replenish the items our customers need,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones.
“As always, Save-On-Foods will continue to work hard to safeguard the health of our team members, our customers and our communities.”
Limits will also be put in place to ensure people don’t hoard high-demand items like toilet paper, canned goods and meat.
Save-On-Foods won’t be raising prices on any goods during these trying times as well.