Hy-Vee announced on Thursday that they will be making changes around their stores to help protect customers and employees as the coronavirus continues to evolve.
Starting on Friday, customers will no longer be allowed to bring in reusable bags as it is difficult to monitor the cleanliness of these items.
"Because it is not always easy to know the sanitization procedures customers are taking at their homes to keep the bags clean, this is one more way the grocer is helping prevent the spread of the virus," the store said in a press release.
The store said it will also begin installing temporary window panels at checkouts to provide another layer of protection. These panels are already in place in Des Moines stores and will be installed in other locations over the next few days.
“The spread of this virus is asking us all to take extraordinary measures and change the way we live our lives,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “We are continuing to adapt at Hy-Vee so that we can serve our customers and keep everyone in our stores as safe and healthy as possible.”