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Walmart will start taking employees’ temperatures before shifts

Walmart is in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks. Any Walmart associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.

According to a recent Walmart press release, many associates have already been taking their own temperatures at home, and they are asking them to continue that practice. And they continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms of the virus (coughing, feeling achy, difficulty breathing) and never come to work when they don’t feel well.

The Walmart COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined – knowing that their jobs will be protected.

In addition to temperature checks, Walmart will make masks and gloves available, as supplies permit, for associates who want to wear them. The masks will arrive in 1-2 weeks. They will be high-quality masks, but not N95 respirators, which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers.

Walmart encourages 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.