Portland, Oregon (KINY) - Fred Meyer adopted customer capacity limits to further encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.
The retailer will limit the number of customers to 50% of the international building code's calculated capacity in every store.
"Fred Meyer'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 Dave Richard, Fred Meyer's 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," he added.
The standard building capacity for a grocery store is one person per 60 square feet. The new capacity limits the number to one person per 120 square feet.
They will use QueVision technology to monitor the number of customers per square foot in its stores. If a store reaches 50% capacity, employees will have customers line up outside the store while encouraging safe physical distancing.
The stores have also installed plexiglass partitions and educational floor decals in an effort to improve safety. They also have played messages via in-store radio to encourage customers to practice good hygiene and social distancing.
Fred Meyer has also encouraged associates to wear protective masks and gloves at work.