As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the panhandle, local retailers are taking new measures to protect their customers and employees. Target has introduced new measures requiring all employees to wear face masks and gloves while on duty.

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Target supplied all employees in stores and distribution centers with face masks and gloves to wear at work, while continuing to encourage healthy hygiene habits as provided by the CDC. These measures  are part of action the company has taken in recent weeks with the health and safety of its guests and team members in mind, such as rigorous cleaning routines at its stores and distribution centers, social distancing measures like floor signage to encourage guests and team members to remain six feet apart, Plexiglass partitions at all registers, and contactless order pickup and home delivery.

To promote social distancing, Target will monitor store traffic, and meter, and limit, the number of shoppers inside stores, when needed. Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion. If metering is required, a Target team member will provide a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers. Locally Target will limit store occupancy to 20% capacity.
The company said in a press release from EVP John Mulligan:

“We’re incredibly proud of the commitment our more than 350,000 frontline team members have demonstrated to ensure millions of guests can count on Target, and we’ll continue to focus our efforts on supporting them the measures we’re announcing today are aimed at ensuring we are creating a safe environment for the guests who continue to turn to Target, while also providing our team with additional resources as they fulfill an essential service in communities across the country.”

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