The company says they will be paid for reporting to work, but will not return to the job for at least three days.
"We remain focused on the health and safety of our associates", Walmart U.S. Chief Executive Officer John Furner said in a blog post. "(W) e've chose to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions", the company said in a news release.
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The new changes come subsequent of other operational changes that already have been made to the stores, such as closing for overnight cleaning and installing sneeze guards at checkouts and pharmacies. The company said the masks will be high-quality, but not the N95 respirators that at-risk health-care workers need for their work.
In addition, Walmart will also supply masks and gloves for employees to wear, if they choose.
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Masks and gloves are expected to arrive at stores in 1-2 weeks.
The move to screen the health of workers comes as the virus continues to spread, with food-store employees among the most vulnerable as their "essential" function exempts them from most local, state and federal "stay at home" orders created to fight the pandemic.More news: COVID-19: Ronaldo, Ramsey, others agree to take Juventus wage cut