Walmart, Target limit number of shoppers in store

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In an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19, numerous businesses are adopting policies to protect employees and shoppers that went into effect Saturday.

Hobby Lobby is closing its doors until further notice.

Carlie C’s IGA stores are offering free delivery to customers over the age of 60 when they place grocery orders of at least $100 online and use the promo code listed. The offer can be redeemed at www.carliecs.com.

Walmart will permit no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet in its stores at a given time, roughly 20% of the store’s capacity. Customers will be required to enter through the grocery entrance and admitted one by one as they are counted by an associate.

“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. Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a ‘one-out-one-in’ basis,” according to the Walmart website.

Most Walmarts have reduced their hours to replenish stock and clean the stores. Managers warn that stores are low on many items at the moment and have limited customers to one package per person on certain purchases.

Online pick-up and delivery orders have increased significantly.

Throughout the day, one Walmart employee constantly wipes down cart handles when they are returned. Plastic sneeze guards have been installed at registers.

Target and Dollar General have adopted a few of the same policies. One Dollar General in Wayne County had customers standing outside their cars as they waited to shop Friday.

Hobby Lobby originally contended it was an “essential” business due to the sale of fabric. However, the Oklahoma City-based company announced in a statement Friday that it was furloughing all of its store employees and many of its corporation and distribution workers.

Owners of the nation’s largest privately-owned arts and crafts chain said it would terminate emergency leave pay and suspend use of paid time off, along with vacation benefits, so its employees could apply for emergency federal income protection benefits.

The furloughed employees remain eligible for medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance benefits through May 1.

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