Lidl are introducing a new Covid-19 queue management system designed to control the number of customers entering and leaving its stores at any one time, in order to maintain social distancing during busy periods. 

The software controls an automated traffic light and monitor that signals to shoppers when they can proceed through the entrance based on individual customer limits that are in line with social distancing guidelines. 

The company said that after a successful trial in five stores across three counties, the technology will be rolled out to a further three stores in Maynooth in Co Kildare, Birr in Co Offaly and Caherdavin in Co Limerick.

Lidl plans to introduce the new system across its stores nationwide in the coming weeks.

The new queue management system is in addition to a number of protective measures Lidl has introduced since March.

These include social distancing signage and in-store announcements, hand and trolley sanitation stations, Perspex protective screens and face coverings, increased cleaning and the provision of protective equipment for all employees.