Target to limit number of shoppers in stores USA TODAY

Andrew Cummings
April 3, 2020

Beginning April 4, Target will actively monitor and, when needed, limit the total number of people inside based on the store's specific square footage.

"We're incredibly proud of the commitment our more than 350,000 frontline team members have demonstrated to ensure millions of guests can count on Target, and we'll continue to focus our efforts on supporting them", says John Mulligan, Target's chief operating officer. Masks and gloves will also be provided to Target's Shipt shoppers as they enter stores.

The enhanced safety measures follow similar announcements by Amazon and Walmart as these retailers come under increasing pressure to step up safety measures as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, putting its workers at increased risk in the process. Stores will have waiting areas set up with social distancing markers for shoppers who have to wait.

Once the chain starts monitoring and potentially limiting store traffic, the number of shoppers allowed into stores will depend on the store's size.

Target has become the latest retailer to increase the safety precautions it takes to protect its employees and customers during the coronavirus outbreak. Each location will receive the masks and gloves within two weeks, the company said.

Target is continuing to provide guidance to encourage its team members to practice healthy hygiene habits, as recommended by the CDC, including asking them to stay at home if they are sick.

Employees at Target were given $2 per hour raises last month. It also has dedicated a shopping hour to vulnerable guests on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

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