By Dan McDermott
Walmart will begin restricting the number of customers who can be in a store at the same time beginning Saturday, April 4, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 virus, according to a statement from the company. The change follows a similar move by Costco.
Walmart says no more than 5 people per 1,000 square feet will be allowed in, 20% of a stores’s normal capacity.
The Front Royal, Va. Super Walmart is about 200,000 square feet.
A single entrance will be marked with arrows, usually on the grocery side. Customers will be admitted one-by-one and counted, according to the company. If capacity is reached, additional customers will be let in on a “1-in-1-out basis.”
Walmart also says some stores will be marked with arrows to allow for one-way movement to help prevent close contact among patrons and associates.
Customers will continue to be encouraged to maintain social distancing, currently described as staying at least six feet from others and avoiding groups.