Walmart makes changes to shopping process to promote social distancing

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 05:44:00-04

Beginning Saturday, April 4, Walmart will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet in its stores at a time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

According to a release by Walmart, store associates will mark a queue at a single-entry door and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Floor markers will also be placed to institute one-way movement through Walmart stores to prevent customers from coming in contact with each other.

"We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize," said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. "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."

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