Walmart

John Furner, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., and Kath McLay, president and CEO, Sam’s Club, announced Tuesday morning, March 31, addition steps the company is taking to help ensure the health and safety of its associates.

"We continue to follow and communicate the CDC’s recommended guidance on behaviors like washing hands, social distancing and the cleaning of surfaces," the press release states. "And we have made significant operational changes in our stores, clubs, DCs and FCs this month – such as closing overnight for cleaning, starting to install sneeze guards at checkout and pharmacies, using wipes and sprayers for carts, putting in signing for social distancing and implementing a COVID-19 emergency leave policy.

Temperature checks

"As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we’ve decided to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions," the press release state. "We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks.

The press release states any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary.

The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.

"Many associates have already been taking their own temperatures at home, and we’re asking them to continue that practice as we start doing it on-site," the press release continues. "And we’ll continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms of the virus (coughing, feeling achy, difficulty breathing) and never come to work when they don’t feel well."

The press release states the company's COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined – knowing that their jobs will be protected.

Masks and gloves

As of Tuesday, the company is also sharing more guidance with its associates regarding masks and gloves.

"While the CDC and other health officials do not recommend masks or gloves for healthy people who don't ordinarily use them for their jobs, we will make them available — as supplies permit — for associates who want to wear them," the press release states.

The masks will arrive in one to two weeks.

The press release states they will be high-quality masks, but not N95 respirators – which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers.

"We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them," the company states.

6-20-100 Guidance

The company states it is also having associates remember three numbers: six, 20 and 100.

Six feet is the amount of space people should keep from others, when possible, to maintain social distancing.

Twenty seconds is the amount of time people should take to wash their hands with soap and water.

And 100 is the temperature that someone should stay home with.

"We will continue to consult with health officials and experts inside and outside Walmart as this situation evolves," the press release concludes with. "We greatly appreciate the work our associates are doing for customers, members and their communities, and we will continue to prioritize their health and well-being."

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