Staff at Central England Co-op stores across the city and county are to be given the option of wearing face masks while on duty.
The retailer made the announcement today in its latest move to keep its shops running despite the coronavirus crisis.
It said wearing the plastic visors was voluntary for the 6,200 people who work in its shops and petrol stations across the area and the wider region.
“We’re closely following Government advice in our approach to social distancing and have rolled out a range of new measures for our stores that now includes face visors for colleagues if they want to wear one.
“We continue to ask all of our customers to co-operate with these measures to keep us all safe and allow us to continue to serve our communities.”
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In common with other retailers, the firm, which has recently hired an extra 1,000 to cope with increased demand, has introduced other measures for the benefit of staff and customers, including the provision of hand sanitiser and gloves.