Walmart is joining stores like Publix in putting in additional measures to help protect its employees as coronavirus concerns mount.
The store announced Tuesday that it will install “sneeze guards” at its pharmacy lanes and regular Walmart registers “over the next 2 to 3 weeks.”
“Walmart has started installing plexiglass barriers (sneeze guards) at our pharmacy lanes (both Walmart and Sam’s Club) and will install these guards at the regular Walmart registers over the next 2 to 3 weeks,” the release said. “Staying safe and healthy is more important than ever for our associates, our customers and for us. Installing these barriers is another way Walmart is helping bring peace of mind that we are doing everything we can to keep our people and our stores safe.”
Additionally, Walmart will increase cart sanitization through a new solution.
“We continue to focus on cleaning and sanitizing our stores, including shopping carts so customers can feel safe. We found a new solution to help associates clean carts quicker and more thoroughly, making them ready when customers need them,” Walmart said. “Stores will soon start using the Hart brand two gallon sprayer kits we currently sell in stores to sanitize the whole cart. For stores that don’t have this sprayer, we plan to start shipping them out this week.”
The store will also increase social distancing measures, “Over the coming days and week we are installing floor decals in our stores at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other.”
Employees will also be able to access their pay through a new weekly access option to help during emergency time.
Publix Super Markets Inc. has announced they will be installing plexiglass shields to help protect the cashiers, as coronavirus concerns continue to grow.
A spokesperson with the chain said that beginning this weekend, barriers will be installed around the registers, customer service desks and pharmacies.
The store chain expects to have all of them in place by mid-November.