Walmart is also sharing new "60-20-100" guidance with employees for when they're at work. The company is still in the process of sending thermometers to all of its locations, which Walmart says could take up to three weeks.
Employees in stores, clubs and facilities will now have their temperatures checked and be asked basic health-screening questions before reporting to work. Workers with high fevers won't be able to come back to work until their temperatures have returned to normal levels.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gave companies the green light earlier this month to check employees' body temperatures amid the coronavirus pandemic, although the agency notes that some people with the potentially deadly virus don't have no fever.
Workers also would be given the option to wear masks and gloves as available. The Bentonville, Ark. -based retailer also said it would begin providing masks and gloves for workers who want them. The masks, which should arrive in 1 to 2 weeks, will not be N95 masks, officials said. The company has implemented a covid-19 emergency leave policy, which ensures the protection of an employee's job if they have covid-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined. The company has been closing its USA locations overnight to allow for cleaning, installing sneeze guards at registers and has promoted social distancing with signs. "They will not be N-95 respirators-which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers-they will be high-quality masks", the post said.