Publix is implementing one-way aisles in some of its stores this week, in an effort to promote physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Store managers across Central Florida are placing tape markers on the floor to indicate which way shoppers should be working their way through the aisles, indicated by arrows and where they shouldn’t be entering as shown in this photo below. The idea is that shoppers will now have more room to shop around each other than if they allowed traffic to flow freely.
Other procedures implemented by the grocery chain include touch-free checkout in all stores via the Public app, contactless cards, and most mobile pay apps. The company will be installing plexiglass shields at all checkout counters, sharing regular in-store announcements reminding customers and associates to keep their distance, and a more intense disinfection program for high-touch surfaces like touchpads, door and drawer handles, phones, and computers.