Walmart Resumes Customer Counting In Stores Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

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Large retailer Walmart has returned to tracking the number of people entering its stores as the United States faces an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the company confirmed to FOX Business.

“Walmart began limiting the capacity of our stores to 20% in early April, or less if mandated by a local government, and that limit has remained in place since then,” Walmart said in a statement. “We know from months of count data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores were not meeting our self-imposed 20% count capacity. leave our stores. ”

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Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have tended to increase in recent weeks, with healthcare professionals treating COVID patients feeling the effects firsthand.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States reached a record 61,964 on Tuesday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. The Midwest and Texas, in particular, are behind the surge in hospital admissions.

In this Tuesday, August 4, 2020, file photo, the signage is pictured in a Walmart store in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki, file)

Walmart and its sister store Sam’s Club operate more than 5,000 outlets across the country.

The pandemic has forced the retailer to rethink the way it serves its customers. For example, Walmart launched its first Black Friday sales event online only in early November.

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The holiday sales, announced earlier this year, are part of the company’s efforts to expand the traditional one-day event to deter large crowds from congregating amid the coronavirus pandemic. This year, with the holiday season approaching, the company is offering three online and in-store events that will run throughout November.

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Fox News “Madeline Farber, Fox Business” Daniella Genovese and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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