The cooperative is introducing new measures in its stores to “enforce social distancing”.
Stores will have floor markers every meter for the distance of each store.
It also aims to limit the number of customers in the shop at any time, in addition to reducing the number of open checkouts.
To further reinforce the government’s message for people to stay home during the coronavirus crisis, Co-Op is also reducing its opening hours and encouraging people to pay without contact.
Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The safety and well-being of our colleagues is our priority and we fully support the need for social distancing.
“We have introduced a number of in-store sizes which will be reviewed daily and we thank our customers for their understanding and support.
“We are immensely proud of our frontline colleagues and the work they are doing at this unprecedented time to serve our customers, members and local communities, but we urge our customers to follow government advice to buy only essential items and keep account of others when shopping. “