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Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Giant Eagle To Begin Cutting Back On Number Of Shoppers Allowed In Stores At One Time

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Giant Eagle is furthering its in-store precautions because of the Coronavirus pandemic, now limiting the number of shoppers allowed inside their stores at one time.

The grocery chain says each location will now only "admit up to 50% of occupancy allowable by fire code." They will also only use every other register lane when possible.

To help enforce these new guidelines, they are posting new maximum occupancy signs at the entrance to each store.

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They plan to also use their workers to monitor social distancing and "provide guidance to guests when necessary."

Giant Eagle spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski says in a news release: "The safety and well-being of our Team Members and guests is and will continue to be our top priority. As supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies remain in operation as essential community resources, we believe it's vital to heighten our social distancing and sanitization procedures throughout the store."

Giant Eagle is asking its guests to join in its efforts by:

• Considering the use of Giant Eagle's curbside pickup and delivery service whenever possible
• Sending only one member of their household to shop for their family
• Considering wearing masks and gloves while shopping in the store
• Respecting appropriate six-feet-or-more social distance from other guests in the store, and following all in-store social distance directional signage
• Considering the use of self-checkout and Scan Pay & Go options
• Using credit or debit as the payment method when possible to limit contact with the cashier
• Refraining from visiting the store if they are feeling ill

Last week, Giant Eagle announced they would be closing on Easter Sunday in order to give employees at day off.

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