Coronavirus: Menards bans children and pets from stores

The DIY giant is the latest retailer to place limits on customers.

Home improvement giant Menards has announced it will no longer allow children or pets inside its stores.

The move has been taken as part of the chain's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, as it looks to limit the number of shoppers in its stores to assist social distancing.

A notice on the Menards website says that it is no longer allowing children under the age of 16 or pets into stores, though service animals will still be permitted.

Menards recently reduced its hours too to give its staff more time to clean stores. It's now open Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

DIY stores like Menards and Home Depot are considered essential retail during Minnesota's "Stay at Home" shutdown, but many retailers have been taking steps to reduce the risk of staff and customers contracting the coronavirus.

Costco on Thursday announced a measure limiting the number of people who can enter a store on a single membership card to 2 at a time. Previously, you could bring your whole family along.

The wholesale club has also been limiting the number of customers who can enter certain stores to 150, as seen in Eden Prairie this past weekend.

Grocery chains including Walmart and Lunds & Byerlys have installed sneeze-guards at their registers to protect till workers, while Walmart is also in the process of introducing "one-way only" aisles at some of its stores.

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