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Safeway stores add 'sneeze guards' to checkout counters

Stories Vail and Frisco have already completed installation.

DENVER — Safeway stores in Colorado and throughout the United States are adding Plexiglas "sneeze guards" to checkout counters.

The clear screens will separate cashiers and customers at the registers. They will be installed at 2,200 stores over the next two weeks, the grocery chain announced on Friday.

A dozen stores in the state have already completed installation, a spokesperson said. That includes locations in Vail and Frisco, a top priority because of the quick spread of COVID-19 in the high country.

“We are doing everything we can to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable shopping space for our valued customers. This is an extra step to protect our associates who are in constant contact with the public and provide our customers with extra reassurance as well," said Vivek Sankaran, President and CEO, in a news release.

Like other chains, Safeway has also temporarily shut down soup and salad bars and implemented designated shopping hours for seniors.

Grocery chains in Colorado have reduced their hours for more time to restock the shelves, as well.

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