Two major grocery store chains are taking steps to protect their employees from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
In a statement Friday, Sobeys said it began installing Plexiglas shields to protect cashiers at its stores.
"We've looked across the world at best practices and these shields stand out as a strong safety precaution," the statement said.
Loblaw Companies Limited announced it is planning reduced hours at its grocery and Shoppers Drug Mart stores to allow staff more time to clean and to rest.
On Friday, the company announced it was looking to hire more people in the Atlantic region.
On Saturday, Loblaw Companies Limited announced it also moving to Plexiglas shields.
A statement from Galen Weston, the executive chairman, said their company has acquired Plexiglas shields for the checkout counters, and has begun installing them in stores.
Sobeys store hours will now be reduced to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow more time for cleaning and restocking shelves.
Sobeys also said its employees are now washing their hands every 15 minutes and more resources have been added at the front end of stores, allowing cashiers to wipe down common areas more often.