Beginning Saturday, April 4, Walmart stores will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet of store space, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity, according to a Walmart news release.
Once that capacity has been reached, customers will be asked to stand six feet apart in lines outside the store. As one customer exits the store, another customer will be allowed inside.
“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,” according to the news release.
A number of the stores will also institute “one-way movement” through the aisles next week, using floor markers and direction from associates. “We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.”
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Walmart says its leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how they can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. “The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.”