DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Publix has announced they will be installing plexiglass barriers around their cash registers in the coming weeks.
The chain confirmed to Fox 13 that all 1,200 locations should have the barriers installed at the cash registers within two weeks.
“We have installed and tested the plexiglass and have decided to expand this effort companywide,” spokeswoman Maria Brous told the station in an email. “Installations will begin this weekend, and we expect to be completed within the next two weeks.”
The move comes after recommendations to socially isolate and for people to keep a healthy distance from each other in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Gotta take precautions and just give everybody their distance because you never know,” Ruben Fuentes said.
“You don’t know who’s standing there in front of you, breathing on you or coughing or whatever,” Dale Morphonios said. “I think it’s absolutely vital for the employees.”
Other stores, such as ABC Wine and Spirits, have already installed such screens.
At a Winn-Dixie, lines taped on the floor kept customers 6 feet apart from one another.
Some shoppers said they are taking it on themselves to keep safe from potential exposure.
“The people in the line are maintaining a certain distance,” Martha Morphonios said. “I wouldn’t say the exact distance but yes.”
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an order Thursday for all essential businesses to add markers that keep customers separate from each other.
“There is zero toleranace for law breakers,” he said. “Your business will be shut down if you do not follow these rules.”
A representative for Publix said they will begin installing the shields by this weekend and should be done in two weeks.
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