Hy-Vee bans reusable bags, adds safety windows at checkout

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Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Mar 20, 2020

 

Expanding its coronavirus (COVID-19) safety efforts, Hy-Vee has begun banning reusable shopping bags and deploying protective windows at checkout lanes.

 

The reusable bag policy went into effect on Friday, March 20. Hy-Vee said it’s banning the bags until further notice due to concerns about their cleanliness.

 

“Because it is not always easy to know the sanitization procedures customers are taking at their homes to keep the bags clean, this is one more way the grocer is helping prevent the spread of the virus,” the West Des Moines, Iowa-based supermarket chain said in a statement.

 

At Hy-Vee’s Des Moines-area stores, and in all other locations over the next few days, customers also will start seeing temporary window panels being installed at checkout to give employees and shoppers an extra layer of protection.

 

The reusable bag policy went into effect on Friday, March 20. Hy-Vee said it’s banning the bags until further notice due to concerns about their cleanliness.

 

Hy-Vee noted that checkout represents the store area in which customers and associates are in the closest contact...

 

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