To help curb the spread of COVID-19, a few big stores in the Hamburg area are limiting the amount of customers that can enter their buildings. Which stores? How are they going to regulate?
Costco, Home Depot, Target, Kroger and Walmart have all announced that they are limiting the number of customers that can walk through their doors at a time. Home Depot limitation starts on Wednesday, April 1, Costco on Friday, April 3, Target and Walmart both begin on April 4, and Kroger on April 7.
Costco will allow only one person to enter per membership card in Kentucky stores. Costco has already limited their hours with their first hour of operation (8 am until 9 am) for those 60 and older on Tuesday and Thursday.
Home Depot has not come out to say how many can enter at a time or how to regulate, just that they will be limiting amount of customers entering. To help with distancing for those already in the store, Home Depot will be placing social distancing markers near cash registers, social distancing signage around the store, and will periodically make PA announcements throughout the day to keep a safe distance.
Kroger is limiting their customer intake to one person per 120 square feet (normally one person per 60 square feet). Kroger is utilizing their existing QueVision technology, which tracks the number of customers entering and exiting stores.
Lowe’s is only allowing 150 customers in the store at a time. Employees are stationed at the entrance and exit to keep count of customers entering and exiting.
Meijer is asking customers to limit the number of shoppers per trip. They are also implementing processes to monitor the number of customers in stores.
Sam’s Club is taking extra steps to support social distancing with visual markers to support the ‘6 feet apart’ guidance, limiting to two people per membership in the club at one time, as well as reducing occupancy to no more than 300 members in the club at one time.
In a statement, Target is limiting the amount of shoppers allowed in all stores to help with social distancing. They will also provide non-surgical face masks and gloves for their employees to wear during their shift.
Walmart is another big name store to begin limiting the amount of customers that come through their doors. Walmart is allowing 5 customers per 1,000 square feet (depending on the size of each store). Once the store has reached “capacity,” customers will have to wait in line until others begin to leave.
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