Harmons now taking employees' temperatures to limit COVID-19 spread

Posted at 10:26 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 12:37:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Employees at Harmons, one of Utah's largest grocery chains, are now having their temperatures taken before starting their shifts.

The company's new policy of measuring its employees' temperatures is intended to mitigate exposure to COVID-19.

"Any associate who is determined to have a fever of 100°F or higher will be sent home immediately and instructed to call their health care provider," a news release from Harmons said. "In addition, if an associate exhibits symptoms of being ill while at work, they will be sent home immediately."

The company will also work to notify its food safety teams and any coworkers who were in contact with an employee who is sent home.

"Harmons continues to environmentally sanitize and inspect stores and food preparation equipment several times each day in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Associates are regularly trained on hygiene practices for food handling," the news release said.

On Monday, Walmart also announced temperature-taking measures at its stores, but it could take up to three weeks for each location to receive the thermometers.