Walmart stores in the Ozarks will begin to restrict the number of customers inside each building beginning Saturday.
A press release from the company said that starting tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, 2020, no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet of store space will be allowed into the building. That represents about 20 percent of store capacity.
“While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people,” the company said in a statement. “We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines.”
Stores will limit entry to one entrance, most likely the grocery entrance, and when customers are done shopping they will leave through a different entrance.
Once a store is at the new capacity, customers will be admitted only on a “one out, one in” basis. The stores will also have their aisle marked as one-way, to keep customers from having contact with each other.
“We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize,” the company release reads. “We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.”