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Publix to install plexiglass barriers to protect cashiers from COVID-19

The Lakeland grocer says it will take at least two weeks for installations to be compete chain-wide,

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Florida grocer Publix announced it will be installing plexiglass barriers chain-wide to protect its workers from coronavirus.

The Lakeland company says installation will begin this weekend and take about two weeks to complete. The new barriers will go up at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies.

Publix’s decision to add the barriers comes two days after an employee from a Georgia store tested positive for COVID-19. Other leading grocers such as Stop & Shop and Kroger have also announced plans to install similar barriers.

Publix has already increased its disinfecting routine, focusing on touch pads, door and drawer handles, phones and computers. It shifted its hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow employees more time to clean and sanitize the store.

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