Kinston Walmart to begin limiting the number of customers inside store

  • Kinston Walmart to begin limiting the number of customers inside store

Kinston Walmart to begin limiting the number of customers inside store

Crowd limitations will differ from store to store and be based on the size of the location, the release said.

They are also implementing a one-way movement through their isles in a number of Walmart locations.

The goal is to promote social distancing and keep customers from coming into close contact with each other. Customers will be admitted inside on a "1-out, 1-in" basis once the store reaches capacity, the company said.

After checking out, customers will leave the store through a different entrance.

Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they're waiting to enter a store.

"While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people", Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, wrote in a company release Friday.

The company has declared no more than five customers can be within 1,000 square feet of one another at a time, beginning Saturday.

Earlier this week, Home Depot announced it was limiting the number of customers inside its stores and was eliminating its spring promotions to avoid driving high levels of traffic to stores.

Previously, Walmart announced stores would be closed overnight for cleanings and restocking and sneeze guards and social distance markers were installed in stores.

The coronavirus has infected 1.1 million people worldwide, including 278,000 in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Best Buy, Target, and other big box stores have taken similar measures, CNN pointed out on Saturday.

"Walmart India has a critical role to play in the community at this point and we are striving relentlessly to make sure that we continue to provide our members with essential items".

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits.