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Central England Co-op updates Covid-19 measures ahead of Freedom Day

Central England Co-op has provided an update on its Covid-19 measures ahead of the planned easing of restrictions on Monday 19 July.

Ahead of proposed changes announced by the Government from 19 July, the Society has announced changes that colleagues, customers and members will see in stores as part of ongoing efforts to keep communities safe.

The new set of measures are based on feedback from colleagues and aim to provide a responsible approach for everyone:
• Screens will remain at checkouts and automatic hand sanitiser stations will also remain in place at the entrance to food stores. However, the one-way systems currently in place will be removed
• Colleagues and customers will be strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings when visiting stores
• Free masks will still be on offer to customers at hand sanitiser stations
• Store signage will be relaunched with a new message ‘stay safe and leave a space’ and will advise people to continue to keep a safe distance from colleagues and customers where possible
• The retailer will continue to ask customers to remove their face covering if they are wearing one when buying restricted products
• Specialist cleaning products will continue to be used to regularly wipe down the countertops and chip and pin machines, ATMs, baskets and trolleys
• Customers will continue to be asked to pay with card or contactless if possible.

All these measures are subject to change at short notice if Government advice is changed.

Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive, said, “Nothing is more important to us all at Central England Cooperative than the health and safety of our colleagues and customers.

“We want to say a big thank you to our customers for their understanding and helping us to keep themselves and our colleagues safe during this pandemic.

“We are confident that we have taken all the necessary precautionary steps and today we are asking our customers and members to continue to be considerate to others at this uncertain time, follow in store messaging and shop responsibly.”