Aldi has begun rolling out a significant deterrent to crowds gathering at its store entrances with the implementation of what it calls an automated traffic light system.
The traffic lights alert customers when it is their turn to safely enter Aldi. The technology has already launched and will continue this week. Aldi says the measure will help control the numbers of shoppers in its markets.
“The protection and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and this new system is an accurate and effective way to allow us to control customer numbers in stores," Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi says.
Two-metre social distancing rules will still apply to those in queues outside the stores.
NHS and blue light worker priority access remains in place, with workers givn first priority to go to the front of the queue.
Aldi have instituted a number of social distancing, safety and hygiene policies, including protective screens at checkouts, distancing markers on shop floors, sanitisation stations for customers as well as signage to offer clear guidance on how to shop safely. Stores are also encouraging one customer per trolley where possible.