Walmart to monitor workers' temperatures for coronavirus problems

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 31, 2020

Walmart Inc. will start taking temperatures of US store workers at the start of each shift and offering masks for those employees who wish to wear them, the company said Tuesday.

Walmart also said Tuesday that it plans to provide masks and gloves to all its USA employees.

Employees will also be asked "basic health screen questions" before they start their shifts. Retailers have continually stepped up defenses in recent weeks, racing to outfit stores with Plexiglas dividers at checkouts and enacting social distancing measures.

"Many colleagues have already taken their own temperatures at home, and we urge them to continue that practice as we begin to do so on the spot", Walmart US President and CEO John Furner and Sam's Club President and CEO Kath McLay so in a Tuesday announcement.

"Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be sent home, asked to seek medical treatment if necessary, and told to not return to work until they are fever-free for at least 3 days", Walmart wrote in a statement. Workers with high fevers won't be able to come back to work until their temperatures have returned to normal levels. It's also added an emergency leave policy during the pandemic that pays employees for up to two weeks if they become sick with the coronavirus or have to quarantine.

Walmart has also ordered masks, which it will have for employees in 1-2 weeks.

Masks will begin arriving this week. "They will not be N-95 respirators-which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers-they will be high-quality masks", the post said. It's reduced store hours to allow more cleaning and restocking.

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

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