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Walmart announced Friday that it will limit the number of customers in its stores nationwide amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Saturday, April 4, Walmart stores will allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

Tiffin’s Walmart store is roughly 198,284 square feet, according to Seneca County Auditor records. The average Walmart store is around 180,000 square feet.


To manage the restriction, associates at stores will mark a queue at a single-entry door and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted.

Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Walmart also said they’ll be instituting one-way movement through their store aisles next week in a number of stores, using floor markers and direction from associates, in attempt to help customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

You can see the press release from Walmart here.


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