Walmart To Limit The Number Of Customers In A Store

Marco Green
April 7, 2020

"To promote social distancing with its team and guests, Target will monitor store traffic, and meter, or limit, the number of guests inside stores, when needed", a Target press release explained.

Once inside the store customers will only be able to move one-way through aisles in some stores.

"We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store, and we are mourning along with their families", the company said in an emailed statement obtained by CNN.

For example Wal-Mart is only allowing five customers per 1,000 square feet, which will only be about 20% of the average store's usual capacity.

Two people who worked at the same Chicago-area Walmart have died from coronavirus, the company said Sunday.

Walmart rolled out new social-distancing measures this weekend amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees work at the checkout counters of a Walmart store in Secaucus, N.J., on November 11, 2015.

In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need.

. "We're also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control - which has created some confusion regarding shopping".

Stores associates will mark a queue at a single-entry door (most likely the grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, the release said. Additionally, Walmart is instituting one-way movement through aisles in a number of stores beginning this week, to "help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop".

In past weeks, Walmart has also expanded paid leave policies, closed stores overnight for cleaning and restocking, installed sneeze guards, began temperature checks and made gloves and masks available to associates.

Smith said Walmart always wants people to feel welcome at its stores and knows that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.

It started with limiting store hours, but the next step retailers are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19 is limiting the number of store shoppers.

"While neither associate had been at the store in more than a week, we took action to reinforce our cleaning and sanitizing measures, which include a thorough deep cleaning of a key area of the store", Walmart's statement added.

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