CLOVIS (KSMX)- In the wake of the current health crisis, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the extension of related public health orders to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers.
The amended order includes a new requirement that all retail operations that are considered essential businesses – including grocery stores – shall limit occupancy in their retail spaces. The maximum number of customers in the retail space must be equal to 20 percent or less of the maximum occupancy of the retail space, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart, Dacona Smith, released a statement before the Governor’s announcement that Walmart stores will now allow no more than five customers for every 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.
To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted.
Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.
Stores have will also an institute one-way movement through aisles next week in a number of stores, using floor markers and direction from associates.
“As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.”
Store officials will continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered.