A robotic clerk has been deployed in Japan to investigate whether basic health practices, including wearing masks and social isolation, are being implemented to prevent the spread of COVID - 19. Accordingly in the robotics industry in Japan Foreign media say that this has become the latest trend. The robot was developed by a company called Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Kyoto. They call it Robovie. Accordingly, the laser beams in the robot measure the social distance of the customers in the shop. The robot also politely requests them to protect their social distance. ATR says it would be best to use such robotic workers to minimize contact between customers and its employees, especially in the event of an epidemic.