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Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they're afraid

Virus Outbreak Front Line Grocers
Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 14:52:42-04

Grocery workers across the globe are working the frontlines during lockdowns meant to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Their stores are deemed essential, and their work puts them close to the public and therefore at risk. Often in low-wage jobs, the workers have earned praise from Pope Francis and former U.S. President Barack Obama. But with infection and death rates climbing, workers are demanding better pay, protections and access to testing.

Some major chains, including Kroger and Walmart, are providing bonuses and protective gear, but that doesn't always alleviate workers' fears, especially when customers don't practice social distancing.

Grocers say they're trying to protect employees and consumers, since bagging and paying for food takes place well within the minimum 6-foot distance public health experts are urging people to maintain.

Some grocery stores in France also installed similar barriers when that country went into lockdown.