Target announced Thursday that it is adding new measures to promote safety and social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minneapolis-based retailer said in a news release that beginning Saturday, April 4, it “will actively monitor and, when needed, meter guest traffic in its nearly 1,900 stores nationwide to promote social distancing.”
Occupancy limits will vary by store and based on a specific location’s square footage “to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion,” Target said.
If a store needs to limit shoppers, there will be a “designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers.”
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The retailer also announced Thursday it will soon provide staff in stores and distribution centers with disposable face masks and gloves at the beginning of every shift, which employees will be encouraged to wear while working. Masks and gloves will also be provided to Target’s Shipt shoppers as they enter stores.
“The measures we’re announcing today are aimed at ensuring we are creating a safe environment for the guests who continue to turn to Target, while also providing our team with additional resources as they fulfill an essential service in communities across the country,” John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.
Target stores have signs, floor decals and audio messages to encourage social distancing.
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