Supermarkets are introducing new measures to try to protect workers from the Covid 19.

Morrisons has announced plans to bring in clear screens, which will shield checkout operators, while other supermarkets are also looking at how they step up protection. Morrisons said it aimed to have 1.5 metre-wide screens at every checkout in all stores by the end of the week.

Aldi announced a similar move, saying it would begin installing clear screens at all of its 7,000 till points from today (23 March).

The moves come amid fears that a major impact on staff sickness is an even bigger threat to the food industry than supply shortages.

Usdaw is calling on retailers to bring in new limits on the number of customers in store at any one time, increase security presence and provide perspex shields around checkouts.