Queuing to do the groceries is about to become a reality for Australians, with Coles and Woolworths moving to limit the number of people in stores.
From Monday, the supermarket giants will be limiting the number of customers allowed in store from time to time by using a one in, one out policy to further enhance social distancing.
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said how many people are allowed inside to shop at any one time will be dependent on the size of the store.
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“Depending on how busy the store is, we may limit the number of people entering the store from time to time. Customer limits will be specific to each location and based on the size of the store,” Ms Peters said.
“Our store managers will use common sense discretion to manage this in the interest of community safety.”
It’s understood there will be signage outside the stores and a coned area instructing customers where to queue.
Security guards and police officers will also be used to help manage the queues outside stores at peak times.
“We know it may take some getting used to but we ask our customers to be patient with us during this time,” Ms Peters said.
“We also encourage everyone to be community minded when queuing.”
Supermarkets overseas have successfully adopted similar measures during the coronavirus pandemic.