Walmart Rolls Out Dramatic New Shopping Restrictions…Is This What Corporate Communism Looks Like?

(Tea Party 247) – On Friday, Walmart announced that it was rolling out very stringent new shopping restrictions to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

These measures are aimed at promoting social distancing by limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at one time and marking some store aisles as “one way.”

It seems quite prudent to reduce overcrowding as health officials tell us social distancing is key in eradicating this virus, but when you consider how dramatically this will impact both access to food and the food industry as a whole, not to mention condition people to standing in food lines, it is creepy to think of where this could be going.

The world’s largest retailer had already cut store hours to allow more time for cleaning and restocking as Americans began preparing in a panic in the early days of the outbreak.

Here are some of the restrictions being placed on customers to avoid stockpiling:

The announcement from Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. reads:

In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need.

We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid leave policies; closing our stores overnight for cleanings and restocking; installing sneeze guards and social distance markers in stores; beginning temperature checks; and starting to make gloves and masks available to associates who want them.

While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people. We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines. We’re also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control – which has created some confusion regarding shopping.

To promote health, safety and consistency for our associates and customers in this environment, we’re taking some further steps for our U.S. stores:

Regulating Store Entry

Starting Saturday, we 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.

To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Shopping Inside the Store

We’ll also institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of our stores, using floor markers and direction from associates. We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered, which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.

We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.

70 COMMENTS

  1. We are 76 and cannot stand in lines for very long because we also
    have physical handicaps so we had to resort to food deliveries or
    pick up food at take out stores. I think that the comments by the
    operating officer were correct in what she explained as to safety
    and health but Could have avoided BEHAVIORAL comments as
    they are offensive…not what folks need at a time like this. All
    managers and workers at these stores during this epidemic will
    be REMEMBERED when it is over and may not want to continue to
    patronize their stores if they feel were treated poorly.

  2. This is complete BS!!!! 1 customer per 1,000 foot!!! The distance is 6’ not 1,000….. i live in a town where Walmart is really the only option. Guess I will be driving 30-45m to go where i have other options…. Walmart can kiss it.

  3. My feeling exactly cowgirl diva. This was man made with China by the democrats. They wanted to sink economy and did. Soros is all over this. This is the beginning of a takeover by the democrats. This is our future being told what to do. Goodbye freedom.

  4. Not sure how much it’s going to help it seems more than half of Walmart’s customers do not speak English. So they’re going to have trouble reading signs. They’ll just need directions to the isle that sells cerveza, refritos and those awful sweet fruit sodas. But it will be a lot easier to catch the chopleefters. Plus, they’re going to be offended by not being allowed to bring in their six kids and mother-in-law.

  5. REMEMBER PEOPLE THIS IS WHAT YOUR DUMOCRAPS WANT FOR THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE TO TURN THE USA INTO A COMMIE COUNTRY. SO IF YOU LIKE THIS BULL SHIT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT. IF YOU DON’T WANT IT AND DONOT LIKE IT VOTE REPUBICAN IN NOVEMBER.

  6. This all makes sense to me, given the circumstances. If you don’t like it stay home. After all, you are FREE to do so.

  7. It’s not the Democrats you * jackass. Lots of stores are doing this- it just makes sense- something you seem to have little of!!!!!

  8. What WalMart needs to do is stop buying from China. Of course customers would be the first to complain because the prices would go up since we cannot produce products from sweat shop at slave labor prices. Get rid dof China and foreign dependency and the rest of the world can then really kiss our A%& !!!!!!!!!!

    • Wal-Mart had to do something to enforce the social distancing in the stores since a huge amount of people were inside which hindered the distancing. The large groups of people are also a factor in spreading the virus. We have to be patient with the disease until we get a handle on it and have an effective medicine to counter it. While it’s an inconvenience we all must do the best we can to help limit the spread of the virus.

  9. Not corporate communism, rather good business practices to help keep customers safe. These are trying times. Suck it up and listen to the experts.

  10. News flash – stores in Texas has been doing this for WEEKS… and “communist” is that phrase that pops in to your head when you think of Texas

  11. When and if I go to Walmart, nobody has to tell me to “social distance” because there were plenty of cooties in there WAY before this virus..!!! Just sayin’…!!

  12. You tea Party idiots are always good for a laugh. None of you could actually define communism if you tried. And how can the Dems allegedly be bringing in communism when A) they aren’t communist and B) Trump and the repukelicans are in charge? Any of you mental midgets stop to think that through, or were you too busy spanking off while staring at pictures of Sarah Palin while your cousin-wief cooks you dinner?

    • You’re a sick NASTY LITTLE HATEFUL DEMON…!!! I’ll tell you what Communism is..it’s NOT AMERICAN..!!! How’s that..!!!

    • maybe some can’t, but I can a lot better than you I am ,or you would not be talking the stupidity that you are talking! Don’t worry, you will be the first complaining and running to the other side for assistance. I saw it in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, by the way, many in my family thought like you too!

    • Bueller? Bueller? Really?
      I for one was a military participant in the Cold War, so I believe that should provide me with sufficient insight into what communism is really like.
      As for these stores practicing the previously-mentioned policies in the news article, I get it.
      Not every conservative is identical, unlike the majority of young liberals who seem to believe that socialism (communism’s big brother) is a good thing and seem to believe that undermining our country with that failed ideology will work better this time around. But a lot of us know better, by way of first-hand experience. We have seen the unpleasant side of that way of governing, and it’s not good!

    • Wow, James L, you finally accomplished something i never thought possible. You came up with a rambling which makes less sense than Dear Leader’s speeches. But then you are a Trumpnik, right. Seriously paranoid xenophobia. Tea Potty has always seemed to more resemble Birchers with a thick overlay of Alzheimer’s. You know, you really should consider implications of water fluoridation. That just has to fit in there somewhere.

  13. Tried to order on line for pick up but site restricted most of the items needed as in store purchases only. This caused an unnecessary shopping trip in store. Also the new policy limits seniors shopping to two day out of seven which doesn’t work for many schedules or ability to shop . The new policy needs to be reviewed for handicapped and seniors. Had to go for medical items and ended up having to wait in the cold , rain and walk to other side of building ( as a handicapped) to get in end of line, standing there 45 minutes until line got nearer front entrance. This causes undue pain and add health problems for seniors that are at risk in the first place. You should have a different designated line for senior / handicapped customers and let them go in store between every few person standing in regular line.

  14. I won’t be shopping at Walmart. This is ridiculous. I hope others won’t either. Every time I have been everyone was following the rules for distancing

  15. This is stupid. Home depot does this and I sat for 20 minutes and did not move. I called Lowe’s and asked how big their line was. She said we don’t have a line you just walk in. I went to Lowe’s got my stuff, followed their distancing guidelines and walked out with my stuff. Drove past Home depot and those same people were still standing in the same place. Total lose of sales for Home depot.

  16. Walmart’s policy implimentations are reasonable if managed correctly. A member of my extended family is a Walmart employee and could easily be exposed to an unwitting carrier of the virus. Respect should be granted to the employees that are trying to preserve their own employment and serve their customers. We are currently living in a time which calls for special measures to protect us all. As a society we are spoiled in that we’re accustomed to very few restrictions on our movements and public behavior within a free society. The “hoarders” further restrict and deny others from obtaining necessary foodstuffs and other household needs to maintain a decent quality of life. Because of school closures and business shutdowns so many of us as confined within our homes necessitating preparing more meals per day at home than usual. When I shop I attempt to purchase only what I need to last between trips to the grocery store which I attempt to keep to a minimum. But out of stocks sometimes require another unscheduled trip to acquire items that were unavailable during a previous trip. I try to keep my trips to no more than once per week. Fortunately to this point I’ve been able to stick to that schedule. How long that I can continue to do that remains to be seen. But I’m determined to make it last as long as possible. People must remain mindful that they could be depriving home bound school children of the nutrition that they need. Hoarders can be doing exactly that and their selfishness could prove inexcusably detrimental to children’s health and safety. As well as necessitating extra trips to shop with children too small to leave at home further exposing both parents and their children to additional risk to potential virus carriers. In some communities the choices of where to shop are limited. Man up, America, and act responsibly with concern for others.

  17. Maybe if people would show some common sense and practice sanitary conditions such rule would not be necessary. My daughter is the designated shopper for our family and she has a list and shops for those items. She also has some friends who are essential workers who she shops for too. Such cooperation helps ease the pressure on the stores.

    • I shop for 2 other families in addition to my own. I got some very negative looks As they apparently assumed I was hoarding. It’s a shame that people assume something without any knowledge of the situation. Please practice some kindness during this stressful time.

  18. This is just a start of what communism or socialism would be in America. Rationing of essential supplies and bare shelves. Hopefully this will wake some people up to the reality of what some of your politicians want with the majority of this being on the Demo side of the aisle. It’s flat out wrong for America and not what out founding father’s principles were. Over the years we have liberated countries from this kind of gov’t rule. Just like President Trump said in his state of the union address, he will not let this country be turned over to socialism. That’s why the President has been hesitant to institute certain powers during the Covid problem. He has said several times in his daily briefings about sticking to the Constitution and the laws within.
    So with that people please take a good look at how your mayors and governors are handling this crisis. Are they in knee jerk panic mode or are they actually taking in expert opinions and making decisions in a rational and common sense manner. Remember these politicians come election time with how they handled things in your neighborhood. Depending on how things went may depend on whether they need replaced or not.

    • Amen..!! You’re a voice of reason/common sense/logic in this age of leftist political activism..!!! Refreshing…!! Thank you..!!

  19. How does this stupidly stop the actual spread through touch contact as these same customers will still be touching and handling merchandise throughout to the stores. What’s the definition of insanity when we keep doing the same old thing over and over and expect a different result!

    • Excellent Comment…!! They not only will be touching the merchandise, they will be breathing on it and coughing on it..!! I have even seen morons licking items..!! There are so many PURE RAW HATERS out there…the antiAmerian leftists who hate our country and our President are behind this..!!

  20. What about the people waiting to get in the store? Have a long line outside spreading covid just dont spread it in the store? How do i know im just as safe waiting outside the store as i am going in?

    • Mark: The store is doing this for your safety. Taking this action is going to cost WalMart a lot of money. They have to take employees and post them at the entrance and exit so they can keep an accurate count of how many people are in the store. Limiting the amount of customers is also going to hurt sales. I’m sure as this pandemic winds down, these restrictions will start to wind down. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

    • Tracy: Your comment sounds rather intelligent, just a little “argumentative”. Use common sense, problem solved.

  21. Nice thing about other store’s they want your business so if walmart restricts access go to Kroger smiths Albertsons shop n save and other store’s bet they want your business

  22. Are they planning on taking temps of the customers before entering the store, or are the temperature readings just for employees?

  23. Everyone views the precaution for COVID-19 differently. I am 69 years old and have been through several issues and medical problems that have infected this nation. I have been through several scares and dire predictions. So I really don’t trust the Media hysteria. I have made the comparisons and did the math.Since there are 7 different strains of corona virus each has a little different effect. Adding the fact some of these strains have been in America for years. That means people has has experience one strain or another over the years and still are experiencing effects of one strain of the corona virus or another. Most don’t even know it. Then the test can only tell you that you have been infected by the virus,it just can’t tell you which one.Without proper reporting such as age, contributing diseases,immune deficiency,and demographics you can’t have accurate reporting and the numbers can be heavily skewed. Like I said earlier I’m 69 years old and have more important things to occupy my time.

    • I agree with you and these “numbers” must be compared to other pandemics….like the H1N1 during the Obama reign because thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people in THAT pandemic…yes, PANDEMIC…..PEOPLE DIED…!!! Where were the lockdowns…..?? Where were the shutdowns…..?? Was the entire economy of the United States of America destroyed..?? There are too many questions and not enough answers.!!! There is too much of an obviously HUGE LEFTIST political component which cannot be and must not be ignored…!!!

  24. yeah it is starting to remind me of cuba, where there wasnt (and there is not) enough of anything, even food, i was always hungry there.

    • I am so sorry you had to experience that, Rafael..!! God Bless You…!! God Bless America..!!

  25. It isn’t just Walmart folks. It is other stores too. And the Post Office also. Get used to it or would you rather have all the stores close?

  26. yeah this reminds me of cuba where you had to make lines for everything, and once you got to the front of line and/or entered, you only got less than the necessary amounts of whatever little was available. there was never enough of anything, even food. i was always hungry, until i/we immigrated to the US.

  27. This is a reason, walmart is going down hill. I agree we need to social distance, but like everything else we’re carrying things way to far. America has gone through many things through the years, and came out just fine. We’re, in my opinion, making the final outcome(economy) worse than the virus

    • Will you be saying the same if you, or one of your family members, are one of the unfortunate shoppers who contract the virus through contact with another customer at the store?

    • Steve: Who made the determination that WalMart is “going downhill?” They’re making a reasonable determination to keep the number of people in the stores at a certain minimum. I like the “arrows” in each aisle, military commissaries have had these arrows for years as it makes for a smooth transition of shoppers heading in the same direction. “X’s” on the floor give a rough indication of how far to stay away from other shoppers. These are trying times, it behooves all of us to remain patient and courteous, as we should be even under normal conditions.

  28. Everyone should evaluate their situation, and needs. When a Store is the store for those who disregard rules and health guides, then I no longer need to shop there. Some people only consider themselves, and act like animals. I have seen this at the local Wal- Marts, Lowe’s building supplies and some others! The big Stores all are under supplied and the people shopping are hoarding. Some stores are price gouging.

  29. I see only robospammers replying to this drivel avalanche. So we are being told to think that measures designed to reduce casualties in a potential plague are Communism? Such twaddle could not be taught to a parrot. Has the intelligence of Parti members become so low that it is beyond them to realize that the more survivors, the faster the economy springs back. it is easy to see that increased spending opportunities means harder work for everyone, and more of it too. And here i thought Republikan Parti was all for 100% employment, just like USSR. Sick people can’t work.

    • i agree with you. We need to adjust our lives to the current situation and if WalMart feels they are doing what is best for their employees and customers, deal with it or go elsewhere to shop.

      No one is forcing you to shop there!

    • yeah it is starting to remind me of cuba, where there wasnt (and there is not) enough of anything, even food, i was always hungry there.

    • For God sake, there’s nothing Communistic about trying to Stop Hoarders. In South FL many people bring their whole families & send everybody in to buy a few items, but they All grab packages of toilet paper-bottled water-cleaning items, whatever they decide they want. They slam their bodies or buggies into other shoppers, they’re foul mouthed-greedy-rude, and when this insanity is over they will try to return most of this stuff they didn’t need in the first place. When you constantly deal with ignorant-immature-volatile morons, who believe they are entitled to act-do-say whatever they please by the hundreds of thousands, then tell the rest of us this is Communistic. And, yes, most of them are DemonRats, they behave like a bunch of 2-3 year olds who refuse to share, just like they refuse to stay home!!

    • The HUGE LEFTIST political component to this “virus” cannot and must not be ignored…!! I call this phase of OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE……the COUP orchestrated by the Obama Administration’s FBI, CIA, DOJ, Lame Stream Media, DEEP STATE to overthrow Donald J. Trump….OPERATION OCCPY AMERICA…!! And, yes, it can be traced directly back to the DEMONCRAPS…!! This is the most sinister thing to ever happen in my lifetime…!! There is so much more here than meets the eye…!!

    • Frank Brown,
      do you make the same comment when you catch the VIRUS!!!
      just asking/ HOPE you DON’T!!
      stay healthy. ( not a demorat) I support DJTrump

    • I like the way you think my friend I also think this is preposterous, last years flu killed 80000 people last year, crickets

    • You make yourself look ignorant!
      These are common sense guidelines….
      Unless you want to die. Actually I’m kinda a conspiracy theorist, so I have my
      Ideas on this whole thing. BUT , the point is…we are in this now and we have to do what we have to do to get out of this mess!! Use you head…don’t risk passing on a deadly virus to someone you love.

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