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Lidl installing hospital grade air filters in all US stores

| October 26, 2020, 04:42 PM

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While Annapolis is waiting for the new Lidl store to open on Solomons Island Road, future shoppers can rest easy about breathing. Lidl will be installing a hospital grade filtration systems in the store which is finishing up renovations.  We spoke with a representative of Lidl on an opening date and learned one has not been finalized yet, but is expected this year. The chain is also considering a second location in Annapolis on Bay Ridge Road; but there are not even any preliminary dates for that site.

As to the air systems, following recently issued Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines stating that the COVID-19 virus can be spread through the air, Lidl US announced today it will install new air filtration systems rated MERV 13 or higher in all Maryland stores by the end of this year.  Air filters rated MERV 13 or higher, which are typically found in hospitals, help filter out COVID-19 and infectious aerosols, according to public health and industry leaders.  The move is part of Lidl’s nationwide rollout of upgraded filtration systems to all its U.S. stores.

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“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked diligently to protect the health of everyone in our stores by meeting or exceeding CDC guidelines and this measure to create cleaner, healthier air is no different,” said Johannes Fieber, CEO of Lidl US. “Customers and team members in Lidl stores can breathe easier knowing we have an added layer of protection against COVID-19.”

Lidl US is among the first national grocery retailers to install hospital-grade air filtration systems across its entire store network. Previously, Lidl stores used advanced commercially rated MERV filtration systems. Epidemiologists and professional associations have recommended using high-efficiency air filters MERV 13 or higher wherever technically feasible to trap small airborne particles that can transmit the virus.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan applauded the news:

“Lidl is continuing to grow its footprint in Maryland and we are proud that the company is taking these proactive steps to keep their customers safe, and also protect the wellbeing of all of their local employees,” said Governor Hogan. “As we remain vigilant in combating COVID-19 here in Maryland, it is more important than ever for businesses to offer a clean and healthy environment.”

For more information about the actions Lidl US is taking during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.lidl.com/coronavirus-update

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