INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — One of the nation's largest grocery store chains announced it is reducing its capacity limits at all of their locations in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Kroger Family of Companies announced Monday their customer new capacity limits will "further encourage physical distancing in stores."
Beginning Tuesday, April 7, Kroger officials say they will begin to limit the number of customers to 50%.
“Kroger’s introduction of customer capacity limits is one more way we are doing our part to flatten the curve while operating as an essential business, providing our customers with access to fresh, affordable food and products,” said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger’s senior vice president of operations. “During this national pandemic, we are committed to adopting preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of our associates, customers and communities.”
Under Kroger’s new capacity limits, one person will be allowed per 120 square feet, which is doubled from the original one person per 60 square feet.
Kroger’s new customer capacity limits is the latest safety measures the retailer has introduced over the last few weeks to promote social distancing, including the addition of plexiglass partitions and educational floor decals and airing of a healthy habits message via in-store radio to encourage customers to practice good hygiene and spatial awareness.