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Covid-19 Pandemic

Tesco announces a host of support services Tesco Ireland has unveiled a range of measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff, as well as donations to community groups and new arrangements for suppliers. “IT’S been an unprecedented few weeks and despite the enormous challenges, it’s been incredible to see how colleagues have stepped up and responded, doing an outstanding job,” said Tesco Ireland CEO, Kari Daniels, recently, paying tribute to Tesco Ireland’s staff across the country and the way they have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, Tesco Ireland announced that it will be giving a 10% bonus on the hourly rate to staff across its stores and distribution, backdated to March 9, and running until May 1, when they will review the situation. “This pay bonus is just one way we are saying thank you to our colleagues and recognising that they are on the front-line, helping to serve Ireland’s

shoppers during these uncertain and difficult times,” Daniels noted. The staff bonus was one of a range of measures introduced by Tesco Ireland in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Tesco has also implemented a range of measures to ensure the health and safety of colleagues and customers across its 151-store network, including: • Clear physical distancing; • Plexiglass screens on all checkouts, self-checkouts and clear queuing guidelines; • Sanitiser and wipes for colleagues and customers as they enter the shop floor; • Additional cleaning in stores and of trolleys.

Looking after the most vulnerable On March 16, the retailer announced dedicated time slots for those over 65 and family carers to shop in its 151 stores nationwide, with dedicated slots every Monday, Wednesday and Friday up to 9am, with the initiative welcomed by both Family Carers Ireland and Age Action. “We recognise that people over 65 and family carers who are looking after vulnerable family members at home, have specific needs during this time,” Daniels noted. “In liaison with the HSE and following discussions with Age Action Ireland and Family Carers Ireland, together we agreed that this is the right thing to do, at this time. While these customers can obviously shop with us at any time, we hope that offering this

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