Tim Hortons employees will now put on masks and have their temperatures checked earlier than shifts, the chain introduced Wednesday.
The corporate’s chief working officer, Mike Hancock, mentioned in an electronic mail to CBC Toronto that the transfer is being accomplished to guard the security of each prospects and employees, and that Tim Hortons has acquired an ample provide of masks for franchises throughout Canada.
These masks will not be the identical as these utilized in hospitals.
“We’ve got sourced a grade of masks that is much like the surgical masks utilized in hospitals however manufactured with a distinct normal, so we’re not impacting the availability of masks in hospitals and different health-care services,” mentioned Hancock.
Later this week, the corporate may also ship thermometers out to its shops and start requiring a temperature examine earlier than staff start their shifts.
Tim Hortons has already made a sequence of modifications amid the COVID-19 pandemic — most prominently, shutting down its seating areas to adjust to bodily distancing pointers.
It has additionally pulled its Roll Up the Rim cups and moved the annual contest on-line. (A information launch from the corporate mentioned, “We couldn’t settle for that staff members must gather rolled-up tabs that had been in folks’s mouths.”)
In the meantime, it is going to spend as much as $40 million to assist these affected by COVID-19, though it is unclear how a lot of that cash will go to front-line staff.