Store manager Matt Simpson said the umbrellas would be sanitised between each use
The retailer recently rolled out its second phase of social distancing measures, including hand sanitiser stations and one-way systems
Central England Co-op has purchased a stock of umbrellas for all its stores, to keep customers waiting outside dry during wet weather.
The retailer, which has more than 260 food stores across 16 counties, said it wanted to make sure shoppers having to queue because of social distancing measures did not have to worry about the rain.
It is the latest in a range of measures put in place by Central England Co-op to support its communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Store manager Matt Simpson said: “Our members and customers have been fantastic at working with us to ensure that we all keep safe and healthy during these uncertain times by adhering to social distancing measures.
“However, due to the unpredictable nature of British weather, we thought it best to ensure every store has a set of umbrellas for customers to use if they have to queue while waiting to enter our stores.”
He added the umbrellas would be sanitised between each use. “Hopefully, the umbrellas will not be needed as we all enjoy a bright and hot summer,” he said.
The move follows the recently rolled out second phase of social distancing measures at the retailer, including permanent hand sanitiser stations at the front of all stores and a one-way system put in place with the help of signage and the reformatting of shops.
These new measures will sit alongside a raft of others already in place, including over 1,000 plastic screens at till points and 7,000 face visors issued to staff.