Target to limit guests in stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

Daniel Fowler
April 3, 2020

The company said in a statement that they would start limiting the number of shoppers it allows in its stores to enhance social distancing.

According to an article on, employees will be given non-surgical face masks and gloves to wear on the job.

Effective April 4, Target will actively monitor and, when needed, meter guest traffic in its almost 1,900 stores nationwide to promote social distancing.

Target announced Thursday that it is adding new measures to promote safety and social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman, said the limit will vary by location, but said that its large stores will still be able to accommodate hundreds of customers at one time. If metering is required, a Target team member will provide a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers.

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Target locations have already implemented new sanitation efforts, Plexiglas partitions at check-out, contactless pick-up and home delivery, as well as signage encouraging shoppers to stay six feet apart.

Several grocery stores and other retailers in Central New York and across the USA are beginning to limit the number of shoppers inside their store at one time to slow the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Target is also among the many chains to reduce its hours, doing so in mid-March in closing all stores by 9 p.m.

All employees will receive disposable gloves and masks within the next two weeks, the company said.

Employees at Target were given $2 per hour raises last month.

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