Target to limit number of shoppers, supply workers with masks and gloves

Target will provide workers masks, gloves, monitor number of shoppers in stores

And beginning April 4, Target will monitor and, when needed, limit the total number of people in the store.

"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", Target executive vice president John Mulligan said in a statement.

Target locations have already implemented new sanitation efforts, Plexiglas partitions at check-out, contactless pick-up and home delivery, as well as signage encouraging shoppers to stay six feet apart.

The stores will remain open, but its almost 1,900 locations on Saturday will begin limiting the number of guests, the company said in a news release.

Target has become the latest retailer to increase the safety precautions it takes to protect its employees and customers during the coronavirus outbreak. They plan to set up designated waiting areas inside and outside the stores, with markers to help with social distancing, for when too many customers have arrived. Masks and gloves will also be provided to Target's Shipt shoppers as they enter stores. Each location will receive the masks and gloves within two weeks, the company said. Now, Target is going one step further and providing them for employees. It also has dedicated a shopping hour to vulnerable guests on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

- Extending benefits to team members, including waiving Target's absenteeism policy, offering quarantine pay for 14 days and confirmed illness pay at 100% for 14 days, and making backup care available to all team members.

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