Kroger will only allow 50 percent capacity at its stores to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Kroger, parent company of King Soopers, announced that they will be limiting the number of customers allowed in stores starting today, April 7. The stores will now only permit 50 percent of the international building’s code capacity, in an effort to encourage social distancing and protect the health and safety of customers and associates.
"Kroger's introduction of customer capacity limits is one more way we are doing our part to flatten the curve while operating as an essential business, providing our customers with access to fresh, affordable food and products," said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger's senior vice president of operations. "During this national pandemic, we are committed to adopting preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of our associates, customers and communities."
Under normal operations, the stores allow for one person per 60 square feet, but the new reduced capacity will see one person per 120 square feet. The stores will use a technology called QueVision, which uses infrared sensors and predictive analytics to monitor the capacity limits, according to the press release. The technology is already used in Kroger stores to keep track of how many customers are coming in and out, so it's already in place to help monitor stores and create a safer environment for everyone during the coronavirus outbreak.
Stores under the Kroger brand, including King Soopers, have implemented senior shopping hours, as well as associate wellness checks, set up plexiglass barriers between cashiers and customers, and face masks and gloves for associates. Kroger is also testing one-way aisles, waiving prescription delivery fees, and reducing hours on Easter weekend.
Temperature checks have been performed on associates in distributions centers and will be started for in-store employees soon. Associates have been asked to check their own temperatures and to stay home if they have any symptoms.
All of these steps and changes may be hard to work around—they do change how we go about daily activities, such as shopping—but as one of the only businesses still open, grocery stores are seeing a lot of traffic, and it's important we all take precautions to stay safe and healthy.
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