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Woolworths Bankstown shoppers in Sydney tests out the new trolley disinfection ‘car washes’

Shoppers in Sydney’s strict locked-down LGAs are using trolley disinfection ‘car washes’ at Woolworths that leave carts virus free in less than two seconds

  • Woolworths has unveiled a ‘car wash’ for disinfecting shopping trolleys 
  • The new trolley disinfector can make trolleys virus free in just two seconds 
  • Shopper filmed herself testing out the new trolley disinfector unit in Bankstown 
  • She pushed trolley through the machine where it was sprayed with disinfectant
  • Store is located in one of Sydney’s 12 areas of concern placed under lockdown 

Shoppers living in the epicentre of Sydney’s latest Covid outbreak are now using a ‘car wash’ to disinfect their shopping trolleys at Woolworths in a move to help minimise and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Mum Shereen Chadoud tested out the trolley disinfector at the Bankstown store, which is located in one of Sydney’s 12 LGAs of concern placed under strict lockdown restrictions due to spiralling case numbers. 

She shared a TikTok video showing herself pushing the trolley through the machine where it was sprayed with a disinfectant solution after pressing a green button.

The cleaning unit claims to make a trolley virus free in less than two seconds.

She shared a TikTok video showing herself pushing the trolley through the machine where it was sprayed with a disinfectant solution after pressing a green button

Mum Shereen Chadoud tested out the trolley disinfector at the Bankstown Woolworths store

Where are Sydney’s 12 LGA areas of concern? 

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Burwood
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta
  • Strathfield
  • Some suburbs of Penrith

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Woolworths for comment.

To use the machine, Shereen said she used the hand sanitiser, which is attached to the cleaning unit, before and after pushing the trolley through to be sterilised.

‘Thank you Woolworths for looking after us,’ she wrote. 

The machine appears to be more efficient than other cleaning methods on offer in supermarkets across the country where customers are strongly encouraged to wipe the trolley bar handles with disinfectant wipes and use hand sanitiser.

Her video has since been viewed more than 1.8million times just less than one day after uploading the footage on TikTok.

The cleaning unit comes after the supermarket started trialling the trolley disinfector, which was designed as a standalone unit, at the Woolworths Oran Park in April. 

‘As a food retailer, we already have very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in our supermarkets including the thorough cleaning of high touch point areas including trolleys,’ a Woolworths spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia in April. 

‘As part of our COVIDsafe program we are trialling a bespoke customer trolley disinfectant unit, which enables customers to push a trolley into a dedicated standalone unit where it is sprayed with disinfectant.

‘By completing the cleaning process in under two seconds, the initiative is proving very popular with customers looking for a fast, efficient and fun way to clean their trolleys.’

Shopper Sarah decided to test out the new trolley disinfector after she spotted the unit at her local supermarket store in Sydney

She shared a now-viral TikTok video of herself pushing her trolley through the machine where it's sprayed with disinfectant

The trolley disinfector was first spotted by shopper Sarah (left) who shared a video of herself pushing the trolley into the unit, in which she described as a ‘car wash’ 

The trolley disinfector was first spotted by shopper Sarah who shared a video of herself pushing the trolley into the unit, in which she described as a ‘car wash’.

‘We live in a new generation,’ Sarah said in her TikTok video. 

Her video, which has shared on Monday, has since been viewed more than 1.3 million times, with hundreds saying they ‘love’ the new feature. 

A harsh new range of restrictions came into effect early on Monday, with face masks mandatory outside the home across New South Wales and Sydney’s 12 LGAs of concern placed under a strict 9pm to 5am curfew.

The tough restrictions kicked in less than 24 hours after the state reported a record high of 830 new cases on Sunday, as well as three deaths.

What are the new restrictions?

ACROSS NEW SOUTH WALES

– Wearing masks outside will be mandatory for everyone in NSW, unless they are exercising.

– Those who are exercising will still need to carry a mask with them at all times.

– People will need to put on a mask while exercising if they are in a busy area or cannot socially distance.

IN SYDNEY’S 12 LGA AREAS OF CONCERN

– Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am, except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care, to help reduce the movement of young people

– Sydneysiders travelling into or out of the 12 LGAs of concern for work will also need to carry a permit

– Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day

– Click and collect only at garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building , landscaping material , rural supplies, and pet supplies. Tradies are allowed to shop in-store where relevant

– All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC.



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