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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 11:08 AM

Walmart may cut store hours to combat coronavirus & says a KY associate has tested positive

Walmart may cut store hours to combat coronavirus and says a Kentucky associate has tested positive
Published: March 11, 2020 at 10:59 a.m. ET
By Tonya Garcia
The retail giant is making shifts to its supply chain to meet increased demand

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmart-may-cut-store-hours-to-combat-coronavirus-and-says-a-kentucky-associate-has-tested-positive-2020-03-11?mod=coronavirus

A Walmart Inc. associate in Kentucky has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the company said Wednesday while announcing potential store-hour restrictions at 24-hour locations even though traffic is rising.

Walmart (WMT, -3.360%) said its stores are cleaned daily, including sanitizing high-touch areas and assigning one associate who is responsible for key areas throughout the day.

The company is also looking into ways to more easily sanitize shopping carts and exploring the possibility of shutting its 24-hour locations to make time for additional cleaning. The retail giant is also considering store-hour restrictions at 24-hour locations as an additional precaution, even as traffic rises.
The retailer is offering up to two weeks pay to staff who work at stores, offices or distribution centers that may be part of a mandated quarantine.

Associates who are not feeling well are encouraged to stay home. Walmart is waiving its attendance policy for associates through the end of April.

(cross-posting to Economics)


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