Supermarkets to pack bags again from Monday

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Supermarkets Coles and Woolworths will both return to packing customers’ bags from Monday, after stopping the practice at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Customers were asked to pack their own bags in an effort to improve health and safety for staff.

Today, both supermarkets confirmed they’d return to normal operations next week.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their understanding while we adapted our check-out process to minimise handing where possible during the height of the pandemic,” Woolworths said in a statement.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely and make any necessary adjustments.”

Coles will also be offering free ‘better bags’ at checkouts for people to swap old, damaged or unclean reusable bags.

“It’s reassuring that we are returning to some sense of normality in everyday life, including when doing the grocery shopping,” Coles CEO Steven Cain said.

“With all product-buying restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 lifted at Coles this week, our focus is still very much on providing a safe environment for team members and customers.”

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