Walmart to start taking workers' temperatures, providing gloves and masks

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

Retail workers at stores like Walmart have to show up for work during the coronavirus pandemic, as they are considered essential.

Previous changes from the nation's largest employer included closing at nights for extra cleaning and the installation of sneeze guard plexiglass at pharmacies and checkout lines. Any employee with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be paid for coming to work and sent home.

To protect against spread of the novel coronavirus, Walmart is shipping infrared thermometers to all its stores so employees can have their temperatures checked when they report for work, the company announced in a blog post.

Employees at Harmons, one of Utah's largest grocery chains, are now having their temperatures taken before starting their shifts.

The company will make masks, as supplies permit, for employees who want them. The thermometers should arrive in three weeks. The company said the masks will be high-quality, but not the N95 respirators that at-risk health-care workers need.

This week we are also sharing a new framework with associates regarding healthy behaviors at work.

The store also encouraged employees to stay six feet away from others while working and wash their hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds.

"Our COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined - knowing that their jobs will be protected", they said.

We will continue to consult with health officials and experts inside and outside Walmart as this situation evolves.

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