Coronavirus: Here are the changes you’ll see at Publix stores

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The next time you shop at a Publix store, you may notice some changes.

The grocery chain has beefed up its efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus by making sure people keep a safe distance from each other while shopping.

As you enter the store, an employee greets you at the door and briefly explains how they are now controlling the flow of shoppers through the store.

But you have to pay close attention to taped markers on the floor. Publix is using the arrows, which are made of tape, on the floor to direct customers as they make their way through the store. Now, when you’re looking for a specific food item in a specific aisle, you’re expected to follow the arrows, which take you in a single direction as opposed to walking in the direction of oncoming shoppers. This measure was put in place to prevent shopping aisles from becoming too cluttered with people. It’s one method of allowing shoppers to keep a safe distance from each other to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I think that will help people because, otherwise, normally, they’re coming at both ends, and if they stop to pick up something, it blocks the aisle and you’re now closer," said shopper Susan Woodlie. "So this hopefully keeps the flow of traffic moving.”

“We actually thought they were very helpful in keeping us in the direction we should be," shopper Tanaya St. Angelao. "Everyone was respecting the guidelines of staying far apart whether they had a mask or no mask.”

Publix is also making sure people who are waiting in line to cash a check or return an item aren’t too close to each other by placing pieces of tape 6 feet apart on the floor as markers. Also, every employee working behind a cash register now has a plexiglass barrier between them and the customer. It’s another way of preventing the coronavirus from being spread.

And these changes haven’t gone unnoticed.

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