Yesterday, September 24, strict new coronavirus guidelines came into effect.

In order to slow the spread of coronavirus, restaurants, bars and pubs now have to close at 10pm.

In addition, new guidelines for supermarkets was announced.

All staff in retail and hospitality now need to wear face coverings in order to keep each other, and customers safe.

If they don’t comply with the rules, the business risks being fined up to £10,000 – or even closed down.

Asda is taking it one step further, and introducing four new safety features across its stores.

The supermarket announced on September 23 that it would be enhancing the level of protection for customers and colleagues.

Asda’s Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Hemmerdinger, said: “We know that safety remains 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.”

Asda’s four new measures

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  • Safety Marshalls to help enforce government rules

1,000 new Asda Safety Marshalls will be stationed at the front of every store, and in the aisles of larger stores.

The Marshalls can help customers with safety queries, and will reiterate the government’s guidelines on wearing face coverings and social distancing.

Customers who don’t wear a mask when they enter the store will be offered a pack of disposable ones that they can pay for when they complete their shopping.

  • Extra hand sanitiser stations in the busiest sections of shops

Customers are encouraged to use hand sanitiser this to fight coronavirus when they can't wash their hands.

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  • Protective coating will be applied to all baskets and trolley handles

This will create an antimicrobial surface preventing the spread of bacteria and virus.

It’s the same coating technology that is used to kill bacteria and viruses in the NHS Nightingale Excel Hospital.

  • All Asda store workers will now wear a face covering at work, unless they have a medical exemption.

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