Wegmans, Tops to Install Plastic Shields to Protect Customers, Employees

One of Many Added Safety Measures Over the Past Two Weeks

Plastic shields at Tops Market in Orchard Park, NY

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - Wegmans, Dash's, and Tops Markets nationwide will begin installing plastic shields to separate employees and customers in an effort to enhance safety for both.

A Wegmans spokesperson confirmed to WBEN that they are in the process of installing the shields at all pharmacies and front-end registers at all stores over the next several weeks. The change will be seen at 101 stores throughout the US.

A representative with Tops Markets says they too will be installing Plexiglas shields on as many of their front end registers as possible.  Where Plexiglas cannot be affixed because of equipment limitations, associates will be provided with protective face shields which will also be used by Tops associates working in our pharmacy department and at our customer service desk.  This installation process will take place over the course of the next few weeks.  Tops has 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

It's the latest in a series of changes to adapt stores to the 'new normal' brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. Stores have already added barrier lines in an effort to create a social distance between customers at check-out lanes. 

Wegmans has also shortened store hours to help with cleaning and re-stocking, and placed restrictions on many items to combat hoarding. This latest measure looks to provide peace of mind to employees at a time when Wegmans is ramping up hiring to meet the increased demand.

Tops is providing gloves for their associates, hand sanitizer and wipes for their associates and customers respectively, and the newly instituted Comfort Zone areas at the registers providing more social distancing between customers as well as the customer and Tops associate.  Additionally, there is an associate assigned at each store specifically in charge of sanitization of the front end registers, check stands, conveyor belts, customer service desks, point of sale devices and other frequently touched surfaces most accessed by customers on a continual basis during operating hours.

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