Aldi has revealed six new changes for its customers this weekend under plans to exit the lockdown.
The boss of the discount supermarket wrote to customers earlier today outlining significant changes that will be coming into force in its stores.
CEO Giles Hurley said: "Working together, we have continued to make changes to protect you and our colleagues, and to ensure we can feed the nation, including the most vulnerable, at this unprecedented time.
"Most recently, we have begun providing our store and distribution colleagues with the option of wearing face masks, and of accessing the Government’s Covid-19 testing programme."
"These moves were in addition to the other measures we have put in place to provide you with a safe, efficient and affordable shopping experience when you visit your local Aldi store."
- Providing gloves to all store and distribution workers
- Installing clear screens at more than 7,000 checkouts
- Limiting the number of people in store at any one time
- Encouraging customers to shop alone, where possible, and adhere to one person per trolley
- Installing two-metre floor markers and increased in-store signage promoting physical distancing
- Encouraging customers to use contactless payment such as contactless cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay rather than cash, where possible
"These measures would not have been as effective without you playing your part by following our guidelines with patience and understanding," said Hurley.
"There are bound to be more changes to come in these and other areas of our everyday lives.
"Whatever they may be, the steps we have taken are important and we expect that they – and your continued support for them – will be needed for the foreseeable future.
"Another issue that is not going away is the need for us all to make our money go further."Hurley repeated his guarantee that Aldi will continue to offer the lowest prices of any supermarket in Britain.
"Whatever changes we make in store – and I will of course keep you updated whenever we do – I want you to know that whenever you shop at Aldi, you can be certain that the price you pay at the till will be the lowest of any supermarket," he added.
It follows earlier social distancing measures, which include a no touch policy, floor markings, checkout safety screens and a one-adult-per-shop policy.
To avoid overcrowding, the grocer has listed the busiest and quietest times to visit its stores, with the use of a traffic light system uploaded to its website.
NHS, police and fire service workers with valid ID now get priority access in queues at all times.
Most stores are also open until 10pm, and Aldi bosses have been encouraging people to visit at quieter times.
Busiest times are said to be late morning with the quieter periods between 7pm and 10pm.