T&T Supermarket to offer temperature checks for customers in most stores

WATCH: Canadians look at new ways to shop for groceries amid COVID-19

T&T Supermarket says it will offer temperature checks for customers entering its stores starting Monday in a bid to protect shoppers and employees from the novel coronavirus.

“As we all know, fever is the most common symptom for COVID-19,” the grocery chain said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

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“In order to protect our customers and staff, we will be providing temperature check service starting on the coming Monday (Apr 20).”

As we all know fever is the most common symptoms for COVID-19, in order to protect our customers and staffs, we will be…

Posted by T&T Supermarket 大統華超級市場 on Saturday, April 18, 2020

In an email, T&T CEO Tina Lee said this is a “voluntary service” beginning Monday at “most of our stores.”

“Anyone with a fever will be kindly asked to rest at home and contact their health-care provider,” she said.

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T&T Supermarket was acquired by Loblaw Companies Ltd. in 2009 but remains independently operated. In an email, a spokesperson for Loblaw said the company “does not have similar plans at this time.”

T&T operates in three provinces: Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Grocery stores across Canada have taken action to reduce the spread of the coronavirus ever since a global pandemic was first declared in March.

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Since they are deemed essential businesses, many have seen increased demand for their products, and sometimes feature line-ups outside locations.

Measures that various stores across Canada have introduced include plexiglass shields at checkout counters to protect cashiers; sanitizing products for employees; pay increases for workers; and asking shoppers to stay six feet away from each other while in the stores.

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Some grocery stores have also instituted a separate hour for senior citizens to shop first thing in the morning, to make sure seniors are able to buy supplies in a less crowded environment.

As of the evening of April 18, there were more than 33,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 1,470 deaths.

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