Walmart to limit number of shoppers in stores due to coronavirus

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch

Walmart on Saturday will begin limiting how many shoppers are allowed inside its stores at one time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stores will allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, which is roughly 20% of a store’s capacity, Walmart said in a news release on Friday.

As one customer exits the store, they will be directed through a different door than they entered, and associates will allow another customer inside.

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Many stores already have marked the sidewalks with signage in an effort to assist with social distancing, the news release said.

Walmart stages cones for customers to line up outside in preparation for the store reaching new capacity standards in Springettsbury Township, Saturday, April 4, 2020. The measures were taken to limit the potential spread of coronavirus during the pandemic. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Walmart officials said all aisles will be marked as one-way thoroughfares to limit contact between customers. 

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Walmart joins Target, Costco and other chain stores in deciding to count and restrict the number of customers in their stores while keeping them at least 6 feet apart from others.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.