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Asda introduce new in-store safety measures including employing ‘Asda Safety Marshals’

Asda have announced a number of new in-store safety measures that the company will be implementing over the next weeks. In a statement Asda said: ‘The recent announcements from the Government have been a clear reminder that COVID-19 is still very present in our lives and that we must all stay focused on limiting the spread as much as we can. We know that safety remains a key priority for our customers and we want to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to keep you and our colleagues safe – as well as let you know about some additional measures we have introduced in our stores to offer an enhanced level of protection.’

New measures include:

Asda Safety Marshals

The company has created 1,000 new Asda Safety Marshals stationed at the front of every store and in the aisles of larger stores. These colleagues will be on hand to help customers with safety queries and reiterate Government guidelines to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while they shop. Customers who do not have a covering when they enter the store will be offered a pack of disposable masks that they can pay for as they complete their shopping.

Additionally, those marshals stationed at the store entrance will provide sanitised baskets / trolleys to customer as they enter the store.

Additional hand sanitisation stations

The company has introduced additional hand sanitisation stations in the busiest sections of all stores in addition to the multiple cleaning points already found throughout stores.

Antimicrobial handles

Applying a protective coating to all basket and trolley handles, creating an antimicrobial surface that prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses. The same coating technology (Bio Master X shield) is already used to kill bacteria and viruses in the NHS Nightingale Excel hospital.