On Saturday, Walmart began limiting the number of customers allowed inside its stores due the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Roz Weis)
On Saturday, Walmart began limiting the number of customers allowed inside its stores due the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Roz Weis)
Walmart has begun limiting the number of customers allowed inside its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company announced Friday it also is implementing new efforts to keep shoppers moving one way.
Only five customers per 1,000 square feet can enter a Walmart -- about 20 percent of each store’s capacity, according to Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart.
“To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning,” Smith said in a statement issued Friday.
Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “one-out-one-in” basis.
The company also plans to put down markers directing shoppers to one-way foot traffic "so to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop," according to Smith.
“While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people. We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines,” Smith said.