: Coles unveils new store safety rules

Supermarket giant Coles has introduced a series of new safety measures to protect its customers and staff.

The company says it is spending an extra $1 million a week to try to ensure minimum personal contact and high hygiene standards.

Customers when they enter the door are expected to have washed their hands or sanitised their hands, while shoppers who are feeling unwell or sick or with any flu-like symptoms are asked not to come at all.

Social distancing of around 1.5m, or a trolley width apart between all customers and workers.

Other measures include markings placed on the ground near checkouts to help out customers with those regulations.

Shoppers will also be expected to pack their own bags to mini

Woolies to take on extra 20,000 workers

Up to 20,000 jobs are up for grabs as Woolworths takes on workers across Australia to keep up supplies of food and drink during of the coronavirus outbreak.

The roles in its supermarkets, e-commerce, supply chain and drinks businesses are expected to be filled in the next month.

"These are uncertain times for many industries and we have an important role to play keeping Australians employed through this crisis," Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said in a statement on Friday.

Source: 9News

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