SPOKANE, Wash. — Albertsons and Safeway are implementing new store policies to encourage safe social distancing between customers, according to Director of External Affairs, Sara Osborne. 

Stores will now have designated waiting points at check stands, and other service stations like the deli, bakery, pharmacy, and customer service counter. 


Customers are asked not to advance to the next marker until the customer in front of them advances. Customers are also asked not to unload their groceries onto the checkstand until the customer ahead of them has completed their transaction, Osborne said. 

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Safeway and Albertsons have also placed posters in all stores to remind customers to practice social distancing and remain six feet apart, the length of two shopping carts. 

The goal of the new guidelines is to comply with CDC guidance to prevent customers from being within 6 feet of each any other person for more than 10 minutes, according to Osborne. 

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