A SUPERMARKET has announced it will be making a series of changes in its stores to stop the spread of coronavirus.

New “covid-19 screens” will be placed around tills at more than 7,000 Aldi stores in the UK stores to protect staff.

There will also be two-metre markers installed on the floor, a series of new notices reminding customers of the importance of social distancing and reduced opening hours.

These aim to allow staff to re-stock shelves to counter heightened demand for items such as toilet paper and baked beans following the coronavirus outbreak.

It will also reward “tireless” store and distribution staff with a 10 per cent bonus.

An Aldi spokesman said: "We have announced enhanced pay for our amazing colleagues, who have been working tirelessly throughout this extremely busy time. 

"Store and distribution colleagues will receive a 10 per cent bonus on hours worked, effective from March 9.

"As part of its ongoing support for small suppliers, we have also announced we will reduce payment terms so that any supplier with a turnover of less than £1million will now be paid immediately. This will benefit more than 1,000 Aldi suppliers."

Other new measures include being open between 9.30am and 10am on Sundays to serve only NHS staff and members of the police and fire service.

All products are limited to four per customer, and mappies, kitchen roll and toilet paper products are limited to two per customer.

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