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Walmart to start checking staff temperatures, introducing one-way aisles in some stores

Walmart is stepping up its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Walmart has announced it will be taking additional measures to protect staff and customers at its stores as the COVID-19 outbreak worsens.

Among the new initiatives announced by the retail giant on Tuesday includes a new policy to take the temperatures of all employees as they report to Walmart or Sam's Club stores and facilities.

Each staffer will also be given basic health screening questions. However, it won't be implemented immediately at all stores, with Walmart noting the infrared thermometers it's distributing will take up to 3 weeks to arrive.

Anyone who has a temp of 100 degrees or more will be paid for reporting to work and then sent home and seek medical treatment if required. They won't be able to return till they've been fever free for at least 3 days.

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Walmart has also said it's looking to provide its staff with masks and gloves to wear during their shifts, though those will be provided as and when they're available amid a major shortage nationwide.

It comes on the back of other protective measures being taken at stores, including the erection of plastic screens at checkouts and pharmacies, using wipes and sprayers for carts, and closing overnight for cleaning.

Furthermore, Walmart is also set to introduce one-way aisles at more of its stores, which is designed to ensure customers cross paths fewer times in store.

Some Canadian and UK Walmart-owned locations have already been implementing this, and Fox News reports the same thing will be rolled out in the U.S. too.

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