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Giant to limit number of customers in stores starting Monday

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch

The Giant Co. on Saturday became the latest retailer to announce it will limit the number of customers in its stores to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Starting Monday, the number of customers permitted inside a store at one time will vary by location and will be determined based on several factors, including occupancy limits and square footage, the company said in a news release. 

The company also requests customers limit the size of their shopping party to one member per household as much as possible to reduce the overall number of people inside stores and to help support social distancing.

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To manage customer occupancy limits, a Giant employee will be stationed at the front entrance tracking shopper flow. When the store has reached capacity, customers will be asked to form a line outside, while observing social distancing. As customers exit, customers in line will be allowed in the store, the release said.

Over the past week, Giant has instituted one entrance, one exit protocols and one-way aisles in all its stores. Signs throughout the stores communicate these new measures and designate traffic direction.

Giant also is providing face shields and masks to all employees, who are required to wear them while in the store. They also may wear gloves if they so choose, the release said.

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

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The self-service bulk food section at the Giant at 1255 Carlisle Road was not available during an hour reserved for only those aged 60 and older Thursday, March 19, 2020. The first hour of the store's day allows seniors to shop in less crowded conditions, providing a more sanitary setting for those susceptible to increased COVID-19 risks. Bill Kalina photo