T&T grocery chain restarts temperature checks

T&T Supermarket has resumed temperature checks at stores across Canada as COVID-19 cases increase

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Western Investor
September 11, 2020





T&T Supermarket staffer checks a shopper.
— T&T Supermarket staffer checks a shopper. | Submitted

T&T Supermarket, a subsidiary of Loblaws, that has an Alberta flagship store at the West Edmonton Mall and 28 stores across Canada, has resumed temperature checks for shoppers, effective September 14 at all its locations.

Vancouver-based T&T , which also has major location at Coquitlam Centre in Metro Vancouver, announced in a written statement it would resume “inviting all customers and employees to take your temperature before entering the store.”  

The grocery chain had originally suspended the checks June 9 after hot summer weather led to inaccurate readings as shoppers queued to enter the store.

“Now that the weather cooled down, we will be resuming voluntary customer temperature checks,” said CEO Tina Lee in a written statement.

The resumption in temperature checks comes as most students return to school across Canada amid an uptick in cases and fears mount that second wave of the virus is coming, Seventy-six per cent of respondents to a recent Leger poll said they expect a second wave will hit Canada. 

On September  9, the B.C. government announced a further 100 new cases over a 24-hour reporting period. That’s in addition to a Labour Day long weekend in which over 400 new cases were added to the provincial tally. There are now 1,378 active cases across B.C., including 37 who have been hospitalized.

Across Canada, as of September 9, an average of 618 new cases had been reported daily during the most recent seven days. There have been 133,748 cases of COVID-19 reported in Canada to date, including 9,153 deaths.

 


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