Market Basket is limiting the number of customers allowed in each of their supermarkets

The number will vary based on the size of the store.

Waltham, MA 3/13/2020:  Long lines formed at the Market Basket in Waltham   as citizens prepare for Corona virus.  Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Long lines formed at the Market Basket in Waltham, March 13, 2020. –Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

Market Basket is implementing three new measures in an effort to improve social distancing at its supermarkets amid the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced Wednesday evening.

One of the measures caps the number of shoppers allowed in each supermarket; the number will vary based on the size of the store.

From Market Basket:

Beginning April 2, the new healthy shopping protocol will include the following:

  • The number of customers shopping at one time will be limited, based on the size of the store, in order to ensure that customers have personal space, can maintain social distancing and feel more comfortable.
  • A single entrance and exit will be designated for customers’ use. (All fire safety measures will remain in place.)
  • Upon entrance, each shopper will be greeted by an associate who will clean and sanitize a carriage for them.

The company had already moved up its store closing times to 6 p.m. and created early morning hours for seniors, among other measures, some of which are state-mandated.

“These changes reflect the wide range of input we have received on a daily basis — from our customers and our associates and from the Governors and public health experts who describe the next several weeks as critical for the health of the residents in our region,” Joseph Schmidt, Market Basket’s operations supervisor, said in a statement. “It is important that our customers have a pleasant, safe, and healthy experience in our stores.”

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