Kroger Joins COVID-19 Fight03/26/2020 Kroger stores are stepping up the fight against COVID-19 by soon equipping associates with protective masks and gloves. The food chain will also begin installing plexiglass partitions at many cash registers to further promote physical distancing. The partitions will be installed at every checklane, pharmacy counter and Starbucks register in stores. Installation will begin at some stores this week. Kroger will also enhance daily sanitation practices, including cleaning of commonly used areas such as cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters and shelves.