Before you head to the stores this week, there are a few significant changes to be aware of at your favorite shopping spots. Despite many areas being under shelter in place orders, Costco, Walmart and Target are still seeing a lot of foot traffic. In order to keep all shoppers and employees safe, the stores are implementing several new policies.
Many states are ordering these top three big-box stores to cease selling non-essentials like beauty items, craft supplies, clothes, electronics and more. However, these changes* are on a state-by-state basis as of now.
Costco Store Changes
The biggest change to note is that only two people per membership card will be allowed into the store. This is hard news for parents that have more than one child they are looking after, but it is truly to keep you and Costco employees safe.
Costco hours have also shifted, and the store is now closed at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. In addition, Costco gas will close at 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. Additionally, members who are 60 and over can shop between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Costco will be closed Easter Sunday, April 12th. The company is also temporarily eliminating certain services in their stores including the sale of hearing aids, optical, jewelry and floral. Here is a full list of Costco’s current COVID-19 policies.
Walmart Store Changes
Walmart’s major change is for employees. All Walmart and Sam’s Club employees will have their temperature taken before entering work. Any employee with a temp of 100 or more will be sent back home and not allowed to return to work until they have been fever-free for three days. Masks and gloves will also be provided for all employees.
All stores will close at 8:30 p.m. to ensure aggressive cleaning is done each night. The store has also started installing Plexiglass partitions to limit contact between shoppers and cashiers. In addition, Walmart is testing out one-way aisles to prevent shoppers from getting too close to one another. Here’s where you can stay on top of Walmart’s coronavirus store changes.
Starting on April 4th, Target will limit how many guests are able to enter the store at one time. This number is based on the store’s square footage. If there is an overflow of guests, a Target team member will organize shoppers outside the store with proper social distancing space.
Stores now have Plexiglass partitions at their check out lanes, and all employees will be given masks and gloves to wear. Here is the latest Target COVID-19 update.
Unless you need to go out for essentials, like groceries, we encourage everyone to stay home and shop from the comfort of their couch. Check out the latest deals you can score without changing out of your PJs.
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*Last updated April 7, 2020