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Save-On-Foods temporarily suspends bottle returns, bans reusable bags

The move is in response to COVID-19 concerns from employees and customers
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Save-On-Foods is temporarily suspending bottle returns and the use of reusable shopping bags in its stores. File photo Richmond News

Save-On-Foods is taking additional steps to try and help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this week the grocery store chain announced that it is reducing store hours and reserving the first hour of shopping (7-8 a.m.) for seniors, persons with disabilities and those most vulnerable who need to shop in a less hectic environment and allow for social distancing.

And starting Friday, March 20, stores are temporarily suspending bottle returns and the use of reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags, which usually cost five cents, will be free of charge until further notice.

“Both our team members and customers have expressed concern about bottle returns and in using reusable bags at this time and we want to do everything we can to put them at ease,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones.

“The health and safety of our team members and customers is our number one priority and we’ll continue to do what’s best for them as this unprecedented situation evolves.”

Save-On-Foods has 178 stores in Western Canada.