Lidl is installing new anti-coronavirus systems in stores across Scotland and the UK.

It will fit thousands of screens around checkouts in a bid to stop staff and customers contracting Covid-19. 

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of “very limited purposes”, banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers continues to be a key priority for us, which is why all of our stores here in Great Britain will be fitted with protection screens at checkouts.

“We hope that this additional safeguard will help to provide extra reassurance for those both working and shopping in our stores. 

“We are eternally grateful to all of our store teams who are working hard every day to support their communities. And, we would once again like to thank customers for their consideration during this very challenging time.”

HeraldScotland: A view of one of the new Lidl coronavirus screens (Image: Lidl)A view of one of the new Lidl coronavirus screens (Image: Lidl)

Last week, the supermarket announced that it was creating up to 2,500 new store jobs to "provide necessary additional support to its workforce and customers".

Boris Johnson put Britain on lockdown on Monday evening as he outlined strict new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

People are only supposed to leave the house for four reasons: infrequent shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine; one form of exercise a day; for a medical need or to take care of the vulnerable, and to go to work, but only if that cannot be done from home.

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Shops permitted to stay open include supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, launderettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices and banks.

Parks will stay open for exercise, but playgrounds and outdoor gym spaces will be closed.