Shoprite staff get daily temperature checks, plastic face shields

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Checkers and Shoprite employees are now wearing plastic face shields. Photo: Shoprite
  • Shoprite and Checkers employees will now be subjected to daily temperature checks. A high temperature is typically the first symptom of Covid-19.
  • They have also started wearing plastic face shields.
  • At Pick n Pay, perspex shields at till points have been introduced.
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Shoprite and Checkers have rolled out daily temperature testing of their employees at the start of their shifts.

A high temperature is typically the first symptom of Covid-19. Research from China shows that 99% of the patients in one study developed a high temperature, while more than half experienced fatigue and a dry cough. About a third also experienced muscle pain and difficulty breathing.

Those who have high temperatures will be referred to the store’s mobile clinics, which are being established across the country. The Shoprite Group already has 13 mobile clinics in Gauteng and the Western Cape, while a further eight will be deployed in the coming week to reach KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Free State.  

Mobile clinics will be allocated to densely populated areas and areas where state clinics are under tremendous pressure, the company said in a statement.

Employees have also started wearing plastic face shields that are santised on the hour.

Other South African retailers have also been rolling out protective measures for their staff over the past week.

Clicks has equipped its workers with perspex visors designed to offer protection from droplets from potentially infected customers.

Clicks' perspex face visors. (Photo: Clicks)

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And Pick n Pay has rolled out perspex screens at till points in 300 stores - all stores will have them soon.

Pick n Pay's till shields. (Photo: Pick n Pay)

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Shoprite and Checkers stores have also introduced quick entry and speedy check-out options for all healthcare and law enforcement personnel, who have to work during the lockdown.

There are also now dedicated till points for elderly and vulnerable people. They are also invited to enter stores ahead of the social distancing queues.

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