Aldi announce big changes: Employees receive 10% bonus, opening hours shortened and checkout staff to work behind perspex screens during coronavirus pandemic


Checkout workers at a discount supermarket are to work behind perspex screens to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

The safety measures have been introduced at all Aldi stores across the UK, on Monday (March 23), to help protect checkout operators.

Aldi has stores throughout North Staffordshire and South Cheshire including Trent Vale, Newcastle, Leek, Stone and Congleton.

Aldi, in Trent Vale

As well as the roll-out of clear screens, at more than 7,000 checkouts, Aldi has also installed two metre markers on the floors of their stores to encourage social distancing at the checkout and in-store notices reminding customers of the need for effective social distancing in store.

They are encouraging customers to use contactless payment wherever possible such as credit cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay, rather than using cash.

Their opening hours have been shortened to close at 8pm instead of 10pm to allow stores to be restocked and to give their staff additional rest.

The German retailer will also be giving staff a 10 per cent bonus to say thanks for all their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

They say the pay boost is to recognise employees that have been ‘working tirelessly throughout this extremely busy time’.

A dedicated shopping time for key workers in the NHS, Police and Fire Service has also been introduced on Sundays between 9.30am and 10am.

And entry will only be permitted at that time with a relevant ID.

All nappies and paper products (ie. toilet/kitchen roll) are restricted to two items per customer. All other products will remain restricted to four items per customer, with the exception of non-food Specialbuys, Easter products and fresh flowers which have no restrictions.





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