LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Shoppers will need to budget more time for their trip to the grocery store beginning Saturday at some major chains across the country.
Walmart joined other stores like Costco and Target in limiting the number of shoppers inside the store at one time to enforce better social distancing guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus
For Walmart shoppers, five people per 1,000 sq. feet of space in the building will be allowed inside, limiting the building's capacity to 20% of regular operating hours.
"To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted," wrote Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. in a memo on the company website.
Shoppers will be allowed in one-by-one as people leave the store.
The company has also turned the aisles into one-way shopping lanes to minimize the number of people passing each other.
Target officials didn't specify the limit they're placing on shoppers, but their new protocols will begin on Saturday as well.