Walmart again nationwide has started “metering” the number of customers it is letting inside its stores.
The metering began today and will continue until further notice. Officials said it was necessary because of the rise in COVID-19 cases around the country.
The company had first implemented its metering policy back in April because of coronavirus.
Under the metering policy Walmart will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.
In a statement, Walmart officials said “Walmart began limiting capacity in our stores to 20% in early April (or lower if mandated by a local government), and that limit has remained in place since then. We know from months of metering data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores didn’t reach our self-imposed 20% metering capacity. Out of an abundance of caution, we have resumed counting the number of people entering and leaving our stores.”