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Large retailers offer a safer shopping experience as COVID-19 cases rise

Trader Joe's has been limiting the number of customers in their stores since the start of the pandemic.
Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 19:29:11-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As COVID-19 runs rampant in Douglas County, Walmart is once again keeping tabs on the number of customers in its stores.

"I definitely think they need to limit people," Sabrina Simms said. "Walmart is okay on the list. I think Target does a little bit of a better job."

According to Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg, the company will limit the store to 20 percent of its capacity, something they did at the start of the pandemic.

"We know from months of metering data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores didn't reach our self-imposed 20 percent metering capacity," Lundberg said.

Other major chains, like Trader Joe's, have been limiting the number of customers in its stores since the start of the pandemic.

"I just felt like they took it really serious and started doing things from the beginning to keep people safe," Heidi Sommers said. "It wasn't always the popular thing to do."

Sommers says waiting in line goes by fast, and is prepared to do so in the colder months, as well.

"I will just bundle up with a hat, gloves, extra coat, boots. I just bring myself to keep my family safe," Sommers said. "You just come prepared."

Costco is another popular store adding health restrictions. The wholesale club will no longer make an exemption for people who say they can't wear a face covering because of a medical condition.

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