Queues outside Costco and Walmart raise concerns about physical distance

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, ONT. –
As Costco stores try to reduce the number of in-store buyers, long queues have grown outside.

Programming outside of the Costco location at 693 Wonderland Rd. On Tuesday morning, N. wrapped the building and on the sidewalk along the south side of the building.

This has led some to question whether people are meeting the requirements for physical distance.

Similar scenes were reported this weekend in south London.

Costco Wholesale Canada said on Friday that it would limit the number of people allowed inside per membership card to just two.

The store had already added hours exclusively for senior shoppers, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., but said there was “an increase in business during this period.”

The store says it is limiting the number of people inside, cutting back on some services, increasing cleaning protocols and limiting certain items.

As similar precautions are put in place in other stores, the queues also become evident there.

There was also programming outside the Walmart Supercentre in St. Thomas, Ontario. Tuesday morning after the store put limits on the number of customers allowed inside and posted security at the doors.

Officials Respond

Responding to the queuing images, London Mayor Ed Holder said: “We understand that people need to support themselves … but we need to ask people to be smarter. “

He says people must keep their distance because it will save lives, and the city continues to ask people to use common sense.

Middlesex-London Health Unit Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie says it’s important to take a close look at the picture and it appears that buyers are using their carts to maintain a physical distance, which is “Better than nothing”, but they should be even further apart.

Nonetheless, he says they asked a public health inspector to come to Costco on Tuesday to make sure best practices are followed.

According to Holder, although there is no physical distance regulation at this stage, this has been done in other jurisdictions and may be considered in London in the future.

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