Kroger Taking More Safety Steps Because of Coronavirus

CINCINNATI, Oh. — Kroger announced more safety changes at its stores due to coronavirus. Beginning Tuesday, April 7, stores will limit the number of shoppers allowed inside. 

The stores will be limiting customers to 50% of the allowed capacity to ensure proper physical distancing.

“Kroger’s introduction of customer capacity limits is one more way we are doing our part to flatten the curve while operating as an essential business, providing our customers with access to fresh, affordable food and products,” said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger’s senior vice president of operations. “During this national pandemic, we are committed to adopting preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of our associates, customers, and communities.”

To help limit the numbers of customers, Kroger will use a technology called QueVision. The stores already use it and it provides a count of the number of patrons entering and exiting stores. 

“By leveraging QueVision, our technology system that uses infrared sensors and predictive analytics, we will be able to more efficiently support our new capacity limits, creating a safer environment for our customers and associates,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief technology, and digital officer.

Kroger’s new capacity limits are the latest measure the grocery chain has set up in the past few weeks. to encourage customers to practice good hygiene and spatial awareness.