Publix, Kroger Installing Sneeze Guards At Registers To Protect Workers, Customers

Local Atlanta companies like Option Signs are working with restaurants, retailers to quickly adjust their spaces with COVID-19 in mind.
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Editor’s note: In addition to our normal news coverage, What Now Atlanta is tracking ways Atlanta’s businesses are adapting to the novel coronavirus and the challenges it brings to brick-and-mortars.

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Kroger, Publix, and many other major Atlanta grocery chains are moving quickly to protect its workers and customers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the weekend crews for both grocers will install sneeze guards at its registers, customer service desks, and pharmacies, according to announcements from the companies this week.

There will also be “educational floor decals” installed in most locations to encourage social distancing while customers wait in line.

Grocery stores are considered essential and can remain open during the City’s 14-day “stay at home” order.

In meeting new-found demand, local Atlanta companies like Option Signs, whose clients include brick-and-mortars, in a snap have added COVID-19 product lines to its offerings.

“As a small U.S. manufacturer, we have decided that our best contribution to this wonderful country and our fellow citizens is to help people to stay safe and to help your residences remain as vibrant as circumstances allow,” Patti Huxford, managing director for Option Signs, told What Now Atlanta in an email.

In addition to adding sneeze guards and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to its lineup of offerings, Option Signs “has introduced a new product line of light-weight, quick-ship Covid-19 sign packages and floor decals” designed to help restaurants and retailers “encourage social distancing, directs individuals to hand washing stations, and reminds everyone of the latest and best advice from the CDC.”

For restaurants staying open and offering takeout and delivery (view the ongoing list here), Huxford says signage packages, starting at $99, can ship in less than 24 hours.

“The packages require no assembly and include all the necessary installation supplies. For a small additional fee, the packages can be branded with your logo. Use ‘USAPatti5’ for a 5 percent discount at checkout.”

[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

[Disclosure: Option Signs is a What Now Atlanta Partner.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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