Meijer has begun implementing daily health screenings for team members reporting to work at all its stores and facilities in the retailer’s ongoing effort to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
Upon arrival, team members will have their temperature taken and must complete a health assessment questionnaire. If the team member passes all screening questions and does not have an elevated temperature, they have passed the screening and can begin working their shift.
Team members who’ve indicated they have traveled internationally within the past 14 days or have been notified they had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to work for 14 days from the date of their travel or contact; those who’ve already been directed to stay home by a doctor or health authority are eligible for the company’s COVID-19 pay continuation program.
“Our team members are the heart and soul of Meijer and are working hard every day to keep our shelves stocked and ensure our customers have what they need for their families,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer president and CEO. “We appreciate their amazing work, and we are focused on making sure we’re providing a healthy working environment for them.”
The new initiative follows several other moves in response to the coronavirus, such as installing plexiglass shields at all its check lanes to add protection for its team members and customers; marking X’s on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers may congregate, such as lines for check lanes, pharmacy and service desk counters; adjusting store hours to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as dedicated hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members.