Aldi Ireland has today confirmed a number of new measures being implemented across all of its 142 stores to 'help its customers and staff operate as safely and as comfortably as possible over the coming period.'
Beginning today, Aldi stores nationwide have introduced priority shopping hours for the elderly and those most vulnerable between 11am and 1pm each day.
“We hope that by offering these prioritised hours later in the day, we give these vulnerable groups greater freedom in when they can do their grocery shopping,” said John Curtin, Aldi’s group buying director.
Also effective as from today Friday, customers will begin to see additional social distancing measures at their local Aldi, including posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing.
The discounter is also planning to commence the installation of clear screens at every till across its store network.
The German retailer said that it is 'actively preparing to supplement its 4,000-strong workforce' and will be launching a recruitment drive nationwide.
“Retail is going to be at the frontline of the battle against Covid-19 as we head into the weeks before us," Curtain said.
"We want to strengthen our team to make sure we can play our part in this national effort and to bolster the work of our amazing staff over the past weeks."
"Equally, we are very conscious of being able to provide opportunities to some of the very many people who have lost their livelihoods, hopefully temporarily, through no fault of their own,” he added.
Further details of our recruitment drive will be announced in the coming days.
This comes on top of measures already introduced by Aldi which include a request that customers use card payments wherever possible and maintain adequate distance from each other.
Finally, the retailer will enact new opening hours from Friday, with stores across the country open between 9am- 8pm Monday to Sunday.
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