Starting this weekend Target and Walmart will be limiting the number of people allowed in its stores to give shoppers and staff more space to spread out and adhere to social distancing recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Beginning April 4, Target will actively monitor and, when needed, limit the total number of people inside based on the store’s specific square footage,” Target notes in a news release.
Walmart’s corporate message is similar: “Starting Saturday, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.”
At Target you will also notice staff wearing gloves and masks over the next two weeks as the company steps up its coronavirus protection measures.
Many people are choosing to stay home and order groceries online, but that’s not an option for everyone as long lines at some Target’s prove.
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“We’re incredibly proud of the commitment our more than 350,000 frontline team members have demonstrated to ensure millions of guests can count on Target, and we’ll continue to focus our efforts on supporting them,” says Target’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John Mulligan.
Target is open this weekend but—along with Costco, Aldi, Publix and Trader Joe’s—Target stores will be closed on Easter Sunday to give the essential employees in these stores a much-deserved break.