Walmart limits number of customers in store
From Staff Reports
MILL HALL — Walmart is limiting the number of customers allowed in its stores, including the Mill Hall location.
“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,” a press release states. “We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines. We’re also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control – which has created some confusion regarding shopping.”
According to the release, the limit will consist “no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.”
At the Walmart on Hogan Boulevard in Mill Hall that percentage equals about 900 people, a store associate told The Express.
To manage the number of people in the store, a queue was set up in front of one entrance to the store.
The queue will “direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted,” the press release said.
“Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store — especially before it opens in the morning,” the release continues.
After the store reaches its capacity, customers will be allowed to enter the building on a 1-out, 1-in basis.