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Retailers like Walmart take steps to protect customers, workers

Walmart's social distancing

Another major retailer has taken steps to protect its customers and staff in the Okanagan.

Walmart has taken the concept of social distancing to the next level with signs and tape of the floor indicating how far apart customers are supposed to be.

Walmart has placed signs illustrating what proper social distancing should look like in addition to outlining what their hours look like.

Walmarts in the Okanagan are dedicating the first hour that they are open, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. to seniors. Regular hours for everyone else remain in place, be sure to check with your local retailer as some stores are open until 11 p.m.

Tape has now been placed on the floors to indicate what six feet apart looks like and stores are diligently sanitizing automatic teller machines and wipes are offered to customers when they arrive at stores.

Supplies are restocked overnight but some items like toilet paper still sell out quickly. Shoppers are advised to shop early for the best selection.

As of Wednesday, the Walmart stores in Kelowna were not limiting the number of customers allowed into the store at any given time but that could change as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Walmart in Kelowna is no longer accepting returns which were made after March 20, 2020. If you do have a return, it's best to call the store where you made the purchase to check if it's on the list of items not being accepted at this time.

Walmart has also placed limits on purchasing certain items like toilet paper and bottled water that are clearly marked with signs as well.

Other grocery stores in the Okanagan, including Superstore, Safeway, IGA and Save-On are taking similar measures. 

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