Coronavirus: How supermarkets will change the way Kiwis shop during lockdown

Supermarkets are changing the way New Zealanders shop throughout the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown through a number of restrictions.

Although supermarkets are allowed to remain open during the lockdown, there will be changes at every store to help protect staff and customers.

New World and PAK’nSAVE will be open for reduced hours and will ensure there is the recommended minimum of 1.5 metres between staff and customers.

Staff will also wear masks and there'll be perspex screens at the checkout.

Customers are being asked to shop alone and use contactless payments where possible.

And for those who are unwell or self-isolating, there is a click and collect service - but someone else has to get it for you.

At Countdown, there'll be new floor markings at checkouts for customers to maintain their distance, and you'll have to wash your hands before entering stores.

They're also prioritising online deliveries for people over 70.

But the most important message supermarkets are giving is to shop normally so there's enough to go around.