SAN ANTONIO – Shoppers at Walmart will see ease in traffic flow as stores implement one-way aisles this week.
Walmart began adding the directions, marked with decals on the floor, at stores nationwide last week, a spokesperson said.
One-way aisles will be implemented in all San Antonio stores by the end of this week, she said.
Walmart made the change to promote social distancing as grocery stores continue to meet shoppers’ demands during the coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart has also installed sneeze guards at checkout lanes and floor decals at entrances and checkout lanes to space out customers.
The company also takes the temperatures of associates as they report to work and requires them to wear facemasks or face coverings, the spokesperson said.
Walmart’s senior shopping hour for customers 60 and older is every Tuesday, an hour before the store opens to the public.
A designated grocery pickup time for those most at-risk for COVID-19 is from 7-8 a.m. daily.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March. The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.
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