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CJ Lang, the wholesaler for SPAR stores in Scotland, has successfully implemented social distancing measures across all 300 plus SPAR stores in Scotland.

In accordance with Government advice and in order to protect staff and customers, SPAR stores in Scotland have been issued with social distancing guidance and measures in order to help protect employees fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

All company owned SPAR stores and independent SPAR retail stores from the Scottish Borders to the Islands have received information packs for internal and external communication and a variety of measures including Perspex screens at till points, tape and vinyl’s on floors. Adverts are also played on SPAR’s in-store radio service. The equipment has been deployed and fitted by CJ Lang’s in-house store development teams and by independent SPAR retailers.

Colin McLean, CEO of SPAR Scotland, said: “It is essential that all our stores act responsibly in order to protect the health of staff and customers who should all follow social distancing requirements.

“I am very proud of the work our store development teams have done by fitting out every SPAR store from the Scottish Borders to the Islands.

“We have provided everyone with information on how to protect staff and customers, how to manage entry into stores, encouraging staff to regularly wash their hands with soap and water as often as possible.

“We have put up Perspex screens at all till points to further reduce the risk of infection for all parties involved, cleaning the barriers regularly and where possible advising staff to keep two metres apart.”

Innes Macdonald independent retailer with a SPAR store in Culbokie and Kinmylies, Inverness said: “It has been great to get this social distancing support from our wholesaler CJ Lang. It is really important to provide our staff with reassurance as well as consistently practising safe social distancing and complying with all other standard health and safety requirements.  The Perspex screens, tape and floor vinyls, along with advisory posters have made a real difference to both our staff and our customers.”

Mike Leonard, Sales Director of SPAR Scotland, added: “The safety of our staff and customers is very important and we know we are operating in a way that is safe and fully compliant with social distancing guidelines which will reduce the spread of coronavirus.”