Las Cruces stores tighten restrictions to promote social distancing

Essential retailers all over the country have begun to limit the number of shoppers inside the stores at any given time as well as other safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Las Cruces Sun News reports that all over Las Cruces, stores are limiting the number of shoppers and posting signs advising shoppers to stay 6 feet apart. Many chain stores have rolled out new policies to protect shoppers and employees alike.


Walmart: Walmart announced that it will limit the number of shoppers in an effort to promote social distancing by not allowing more than five customers for every 1,000 square feet at a given time — roughly 20 percent of a store’s normal capacity.


Sam’s Club: In a web post updated Friday, Sam’s Club announced it is taking extra steps to support social distancing in its stores. “In addition to visual markers to support the 6’ guidance, we are also encouraging members to limit to no more than two people per membership enter the club at one time,” the post stated. Employees who feel unwell are asked to stay home, and a new company policy includes paid leave for any employee who needs to self-quarantine. Additionally, masks and gloves will be made available to employees who want them, as supplies permit.


Target: Target also announced new measures to promote safety and social distancing by monitoring store traffic, and meter — or limit — the number of customers inside stores, when needed. “Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion,” Target officials said. “If metering is required, a Target team member will provide a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers.”


The Home Depot: The Home Depot stores are limiting the number of customers inside at any given time and also eliminating major spring promotions to avoid driving high levels of traffic to stores. Customers at the Las Cruces Home Depot location were told only 150 people would be let in at a time. Stores are temporarily adjusting hours, closing daily at 6 p.m., while opening hours will remain unchanged.


Mountain View Market Co+Op: Mountain View Market also has a dedicated page on its website to update members about the measures the co-op is taking during the public health emergency. On March 25, the co-op began allowing only five shoppers in the store at a time.