The popular convenience store 7-Eleven is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of customers and employees during the outbreak of COVID-19.
7-Eleven is currently in the process of installing plexiglass sneeze guards at its front sales counters at 636 different locations across the country.
The installations will be taking place between now and March 31, with every store slated to get two separate shields for their check-out posts.
“Our stores recognize the need to provide Canadians with access to essential products during this time, however, we continue to take precautionary measures to keep our employees and customers safe,” said 7-Eleven Canada’s Vice President and General Manager Norman Hower, in a release issued Friday. “We continue to monitor the evolving situation daily to prioritize the health of Canadians alongside Canada Health recommendations.”
Credit card keypads will be positioned on the customer-facing side of the sneeze guard for tap access.
The sneeze guards are the latest move that the convenient store is taking in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Last week, 7-Eleven announced it would be replacing all of its fresh baked goods with pre-packaged ones, social distancing markers have been put on floors, they have implemented in-store customer capacity limits, and are recommending customers use paper towel to avoid contact with the pump handle when filling up at one of their gas station locations.
The announcement of plexiglass shields from the convenience store follows the footsteps of other bigger grocery store conglomerates, including Thrifty Foods.