Supermarket chain Aldi is introducing a new traffic light system in order to control the number of customers in its stores and make sure social distancing measures are followed.
Here’s everything you need to know about how it will work.
Traffic light queuing system
The chain has launched the automated system in select stores, after a trial saw successful results.
The new technology uses traffic lights to signal when customers can enter a store, making sure that there is enough space inside the store for two metre spaces between shoppers first.
A red light will show that customers need to wait, keeping the automatic doors closed.
However, when a space becomes free inside, the light will turn green and the doors will then open. The next customer in the queue can then go inside the supermarket.
Customers who are queuing outside are still asked to give priority to NHS and blue light workers, who are allowed to go to the front of the queue on their arrival.
This traffic light queuing system is set to be rolled out to all stores in coming months.
Other protective measures in place
Aldi has also put protective screens at checkouts, as well as markers on shop floors, disinfectant stations and signage throughout the stores in order to protect both staff and shoppers.
In April, the supermarket chain also began offering an online shopping service, delivering essential packages to vulnerable people quarantining at home.