Local Walmart stores add more safety measures for employees, customers

Walmart's Frisco locations are currently closing at 8:30 p.m. daily to allow overnight cleanings. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart's Frisco locations are currently closing at 8:30 p.m. daily to allow overnight cleanings. (Courtesy Walmart)

Walmart's Frisco locations are currently closing at 8:30 p.m. daily to allow overnight cleanings. (Courtesy Walmart)

Walmart announced this week that it will soon begin taking its employees’ temperatures as they report to work. The company is also planning to give its workers the opportunity to wear masks and gloves while on the job. Both measures are part of the company’s response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The infrared thermometers could take up to three weeks to arrive, the company said. They will be used to check employee temperatures at all Walmart’s stores, including supercenters, neighborhood markets, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations. The masks and gloves for employees are slated to arrive in the next two weeks.

“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,” according to a statement on the company's website from Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner and Sam’s Club CEO Kath McLay. “The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.”

The company has also asked its employees to look out for any symptoms of the virus and to not go to work if they are not feeling well, according to the statement.

Walmart has four Supercenter locations in Frisco. Each store’s hours are currently 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., though those age 60 and up can shop the store and pharmacy one hour before opening on Tuesdays throughout April. The overnight store closures allow more time for cleaning, officials said.


Furner and McLay said the company’s employees are following recommended guidance for social distancing, washing hands and cleaning surfaces. Walmart’s stores are also installing sneeze guards at checkouts and pharmacies, according to the company press release.

In addition, Walmart Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside said the company is planning no contact payment and no contact pickup and delivery options.

“The way we’re all living and shopping is changing,” Whiteside said in a company news release. “We know customers want and need to be served differently. And, we’re moving quickly to adapt to those changing needs.”
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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