Aldi will limit the number of customers allowed in supermarkets to comply with social-distancing measures and stop the spread of coronavirus
- Aldi will limit the number of customers allowed inside its stores at one time
- New limits come as the government announced social distancing measures
- Measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus
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Aldi will limit the number of customers allowed inside its stores at any one time to comply with the government’s social-distancing rules.
The supermarket announced the new restrictions on Wednesday. Shoppers have been warned to expect lines outside stores as the number of customers allowed in each store will be dependent on store size.
The move comes as the federal government tightens its restrictions on social interaction, demanding everyone keep 1.5metres apart and forcing businesses to close to slow the spread of the deadly virus.
There are now 2,368 cases of coronavirus in Australia and eight people have died.
Aldi will limit the number of customers allowed inside its stores at one time to comply with the government’s new social distancing rules
The supermarket giant has warned customers to expect lines out the door due to the limit
On Monday, restaurants, bars and cafes were forced to close or offer only a takeaway service.
Further bans were announced on Tuesday, including food courts, auction rooms, real estate auctions, open house inspections, massage parlours, beauty salons and a range of other non-essential services.
An Aldi spokeswoman said they would be implementing social distancing measures across selected stores to ensure the safety of their customers and staff.
‘We have limited the number of customers allowed in store at any one time so that when you enter you can have a safe and calm shop,’ she told 9news.
‘Please consider letting those less able or requiring special assistance to the front. Thank you for your patience and understanding.’
The German supermarket chain has also announced new limits on certain products to prevent stockpiling.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,368
New South Wales: 1029
Western Australia: 205
South Australia: 170
Australian Capital Territory: 44
Northern Territory: 5
TOTAL CASES: 2,398
The spokeswoman urged shoppers to be considerate of other while doing their grocery shopping.
‘We understand your concerns, but if you buy only what you need and stick to the product limits, it helps everyone, especially the elderly and people with disability.
‘There are thousands of your fellow Australians who are working tirelessly across our stores every day.
‘To them, we say thank you.
‘We ask that you treat these dedicated people with the courtesy and respect they deserve.
‘No-one working or shopping in any of our stores should experience abusive or aggressive behaviour.’
Rival Woolworths has also implemented new ways to ensure customers adhere to the social distancing rules.
New floor markings at Woolworths Mount Gravatt in Brisbane show how far shoppers should keep apart when waiting to be served at the checkouts
New glass screens have been installed at the Woolworths Town Hall store in Sydney’s CBD
Floor markings are being rolled out in Woolworths stores across the country to ensure shoppers keep at a safe distance.
Floor markings will also be implemented at registers every 1.5 metres while the rollout of glass screens to protect staff at the checkout began on Monday.
Coles is yet to comment on whether stores will adopt floor marking and glass screens but has urged customers to keep a trolley’s length from one another.
Product limits at Aldi:
Toilet paper – 1 unit
Paper towels – 2 units
Tissues – 2 units
Dry pasta – 2 units
Flour – 2 units
Dry rice – 2 units
Microwave rice – 6 units
Hand sanitisers – 2 units
Serviettes – 10 units
UHT long-life milk – 6 units
Antibacterial wipes – 10 units
Canned foods – 10 units
Mince meat – 2 units
Eggs – 2 units
Chilled pasta – 2 units
Sugar – 2 units
Liquid soap – 2 units