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Kroger to limit shoppers entering stores because of coronavirus

Kroger said Ohio stores will post limits by Tuesday on the number of shoppers permitted inside stores at a given time to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The new caps on store traffic come after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered Thursday retail businesses to set limits on the number of customers allowed in stores at any given time. Ohio left it to stores to cap traffic because retailers operate differently.

The order takes effect Monday at 11:59 p.m., but Cincinnati-area stores will have been closed for three hours under its current COVID-19 operating schedule. DeWine’s order is in effect through May 1.

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On 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.

Kroger said it will install plexiglass partitions to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Enquirer will update this story.

For the latest on Kroger, P&G, Fifth Third Bank and Cincinnati business, follow @alexcoolidge on Twitter.

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