Qualipet was quick to react to the coronavirus pandemic, making disinfectant gel and free face masks for staff available in its 90 stores from the outset. Within three days of the outbreak of the virus, all cash tills were fitted with plexiglass panes. The company also applied floor markings throughout all its stores to ensure the prescribed two-metre safety distance between customers could be adhered to. Where possible, separate entrances and exits were provided for clients. Employees who are part of any group at risk or who have to look after children were allowed to stay at home on full pay. In addition, all Qualipet staff received double their bonus in March as a thank you for their commitment and motivation, regardless of whether the store had hit its sales target or not.
The sales situation at Qualipet varied considerably between stores in the spring. Stores in large shopping centres in which nearly all businesses had closed had a particularly tough time. In stores close to the border, however, where the Swiss could only shop in their own country on account of the border being closed, sales were extremely good, according to Rolf Boffa. Considering the numerous restrictions in place, the Qualipet boss was very satisfied with sales on the whole and pleased not to have to close any stores yet on account of the pandemic. One branch in Oftringen has been closed in recent months, but only because it has merged with another in the area that has a much bigger retail area. A new store has now also opened in Collombey, while the branch in Köniz is being relocated to premises in a shopping mall. The Qualipet outlets in Chur and Yverdon are being completely refurbished.