Walmart announces changes to store operations

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You will see changes at your local Walmart beginning tomorrow.

Starting Saturday, Walmart will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for every 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20% of a store’s capacity.

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Associates will mark a queue at a single-entry door – in most cases at the grocery entrance. Customers will be admitted one by one and counted.

Once inside, expect one-way movement through the aisles. Floor markers will be used and associates will direct customers to avoid close contact with others.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis. Walmart is asking customers to bring the fewest number of people per family to shop.

After checking out, customers will exit through a separate door.

Some stores will test selling what they deem as essential items – groceries, toiletries and access to the pharmacy.

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