Marks & Spencer has announced it will introduce additional social distancing measures to keep its north-east customers and staff safe.
Employees of the retailer will clean trollies, baskets, screens and all touch points hourly, in addition to a full deep clean at night.
The stores will also have markings on the floor to help customers to stand two metres apart when queuing.
Staff will carry hand sanitiser and have time in their shifts to wash their hands every half hour and they will manage the number of customers in the store at busy times.
The retailer will also install sneeze guards to protect employees.
A spokeswoman for M&S said: “To help make sure everyone can shop for the food they need, we have reserved the first hour of trading on certain days for our older and vulnerable customers, and for our NHS and emergency workers.
“All of our standalone food stores and foodhalls in larger stores are open so you can get the food that you need.
“We ask customers for co-operation and to check online for your local store opening times.”