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Kroger Releases Free COVID-19 Safety Guide For Retailers, Opens New Testing Sites

Kroger is sharing tips for creating safe work environments during COVID19 with guidelines titled: What We’ve Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses. The retailer also has launched free drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, which join existing sites in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Kroger’s Blueprint includes:

  • Printable signage and audio clips to help maintain social distancing;
  • Tips for educating both shoppers and employees about safety best practices;
  • Methods for sanitizing stores; and
  • Advice for non-customer-facing operations such as warehouses and manufacturing.

The Blueprint is drawn from lessons learned over the past six weeks of operation, as well as discussions with business leaders from other countries.

“It’s critical for businesses to let their values guide their actions and to develop protocols and procedures in advance of reentering the marketplace to safely reopen, protecting customers and employees and flattening the curve,” said Rodney McMullen, CEO and Chairman of Kroger in a statement. “We recognize that not all businesses are the same. What worked for us may not work for some companies. And while there is no ‘one thing’ that makes all the difference, taking a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to safety will lead to better outcomes.”

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The retailer’s continued operations also have included the rollout of the company’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites. The spaces are located at closed schools, businesses and public grounds to minimize the spread of the disease, and patients remain in their cars and use self-administered test kits to further limit contact.

Testing is available to all priority groups, including healthcare workers, first responders and symptomatic individuals. Kroger also has set up a free screening tool to help people determine if testing is appropriate and to schedule an appointment.

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