Aldi is to introduce measures to ensure frontline staff are prioritised at its 142 stores nationwide.
Beginning this Thursday, all frontline staff providing essential services will be allowed priority access to stores.
It will apply seven days a week from 9am to 8pm.
Where Aldi staff are limiting the number of customers in store, any frontline staff with a relevant form of ID will be allowed to enter the store as soon as social distancing guidelines permit.
The retailer’s social distancing measures began last month and include posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing.
They have already implemented priority shopping hours for elderly and vulnerable customers between 11am and 1pm each day.
Aldi said: “The move means that those who may be finding it hard to shop for groceries due to working long shifts to protect others will not have to wait in queues outside a store before being able to buy what they need.”
- Useful information
- The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
- Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
- GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
- ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024