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Walmart to check employees temperatures, provide masks and gloves amid COVID-19 pandemic

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As the coronavirus emergency continues to play out across the country, WalMart announced that it would be taking extra measures to protect company employees.

As of Tuesday, the temperature of every employee will be checked as they report for their shifts in stores, clubs, and facilities, the company said.

Employees will also be asked several basic health screening questions.

Any employee with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary.

The employee will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.

In addition, WalMart will make masks and gloves available – as supplies permit – for employees who want to wear them.

The masks will arrive in 1-2 weeks, the company said in a statement.

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“We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them,” said John Furner, President & CEO, Walmart and Kath McLay, President & CEO, Sam’s Club in a press release.

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