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4:00 a.m .: Walmart issues strict customer guidelines
Walmart announced that as of Saturday, it will limit the number of customers in its stores to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus after too many of its customers ignore social distancing guidelines.
“While many of our customers have followed the medical community’s advice on social distancing and safety, we are concerned to see certain behaviors in our stores that pose undue risk to our employees,” Dacona Smith, vice Executive President and Director of Walmart COO, said in a statement on Friday.
The stores will now only allow five customers per 1,000 square feet at any given time, which represents about 20% of a store’s capacity, the company said. Once capacity is reached, “customers will be admitted indoors on a” 1 on 1 “basis.”
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This decision was just one of many customer directives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walmart also announced that in most of its stores, the aisles will all be one-way with floor markers, which will direct customer traffic.
The company said there would be only one entrance and a separate exit for each store.