Lexington Co Op installs plexigalss for customer & employee safety

Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 24, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Madison Schwarzer said she shops at the Lexington Co Op almost every week. That's why she's glad the grocery store is doing what it can to keep everyone healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I've seen them taking precautions, whether that's by placing gloves out for people to use, either at this store or the store which is really nice since those are really scarce," she said.

"The Erie County Department of Health and Mark Poloncarz has said that you should just assume that every single place you've been in Erie County has possibly been exposed to it. So we're going with that in mind," said Nick Torsell, the manager on duty.

The Lexington Co Op is taking steps to ensure both customers and employees are staying safe. Plexiglass has been installed at all registers, as well as yellow caution tape to keep a distance between customers as they check out.

A designated employee sanitizes surfaces every hour. At the register, the belts are wiped down between customers.

"We've spread out the registers when we can so that we don't have every single register open in a row," said Torsell.

"Considering how close it is and close proximity for people to touch things in between and on their way, I think it makes a lot of sense," said Schwarzer. "I think it was a smart idea. Even if it means you have to wait a little bit longer it makes sense."

The store is still open but has different operating hours, opening 7 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m.