Meijer stopping bottle returns as anti-coronavirus measure


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan-based grocery store giant Meijer says it won’t be taking bottles back while the nation works to slow the spread of coronavirus.

In addition to not offering bottle and can return, Meijer is asking shoppers not to use reusable bags unless they are using Shop & Scan on the Meijer app.

Meijer will soon add sneeze guards to all its checkout lanes. You can also find markings on the floor near checkout lanes to help people stand 6 feet apart.

Meijer has also removed the classic Sandy the Pony penny-operated toys from the front of stores temporarily.

Meijer had already cut back its hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, closing overnight so it can restock shelves and clean. It has also designated certain hours for at-risk customers and essential service workers.

The goal of all the measures to increase cleanliness and encourage social distancing.

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