Asda is recruiting 1,000 marshals to keep both customers and staff safe during the continuing coronavirus crisis.
The marshals will be responsible for a variety of tasks, and will aim to keep shoppers following safety measures and procedures.
Role of the safety marshals
The marshals will be positioned at the entrances of shops and in the aisles of larger branches, and will help customers with safety questions, as well as informing them to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing procedures while they shop.
Shoppers without masks will be offered disposable face coverings on the way into the store, which they can then pay for with the rest of their shopping when they head to the checkout.
Asda said the role of the marshal will be to provide "an enhanced level of protection.”
Marshals positioned at store entrances will also provide sanitised baskets and trolleys to customers as they enter the supermarket.
Asda also said that in the upcoming weeks it will be introducing more hand sanitisation stations in busy sections of all stores, as well as applying a protective coating (designed to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses) to all basket and trolley handles.
All staff in stores in England, Wales and Scotland will also now wear a face covering while at work, unless they are medically exempt.
‘Make our stores an even safer place to shop and work’
The new safety measures are on top of precautions already in place to keep both staff and customers safe, including social distancing signs around the stores, perspex screens at checkouts, and regular deep cleaning.
Asda chief operating officer, Anthony Hemmerdinger, said, “We know that safety remains a key priority for our customers and we will continue to do all we can to keep them and our colleagues safe in store, as we have since the start of the pandemic.
"These additional measures will make our stores an even safer place to shop and work during the coming months.”