Kroger announced that it will limit the number of shoppers in its stores beginning today (April 7, 2020) to allow for “proper physical distancing”.
To give you an idea of how this will work, normally the chain allows one person per 60 square feet. Now with the pandemic, it’ll only allow one person per 120 square feet – that’s a little bigger than a 10 x 10-foot room.
Kroger says it will use existing technology to monitor the number of shoppers in its stores.
In recent weeks, Kroger has added plexiglass partitions at checkout lanes to protect both its employees and customers.
There are also floor decals that remind people to maintain a safe social distance while standing in line at checkout.
Here are some other measures Kroger has taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:
- Kroger says it’s encouraging its employees to wear protective masks and gloves. The retailer says it has ordered masks for all employees and anticipates having them available in all locations by the end of this week.
- Employee wellness checks
- Kroger says it’s asking employees to take their temperature at home prior to coming to work. If they experience symptoms, including a fever, they are encouraged to contact their health care provider and stay home.
- Kroger says it’s temporarily waiving fees for prescription delivery via mail or courier.
- Kroger will close early on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Holiday hours will vary by location.
The changes from Kroger comes right after Walmart implemented changes. Last Saturday, Walmart began limiting the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Their new rule: stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20% of a store’s capacity. Under Walmart’s new rule, a typical supercenter of 200,000 square feet would only allow 1,000 shoppers at a time. A store associate will monitor the count at the door. Once a Walmart reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.