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8 Things You Won’t See in Walmart Anymore

With safety measures constantly evolving, it can be hard to keep up with the changes. We have you covered.

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Things are looking up! With more accessible vaccination rollouts and mask mandates being lifted, it finally seems like we can see the end of the coronavirus tunnel (but we still want to avoid germs when grocery shopping.) There have been many changes over the past year due to the pandemic that it can be hard to keep up with the constantly changing policies. While things are starting to go back to “normal,” there are still some safety guidelines to be aware of. Walmart is one of the many industry chains that have announced changes to ensure the safety of its employees and customers as best as they can, in addition to Costco, Aldi, and Target. Make sure you’re up to date on all the guidelines in place and most importantly, stay safe.

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24-hour stores

No more late-night trips for Advil and chips. All stores will close at 11 p.m. to ensure proper cleaning is done each night. The store will be disinfected completely overnight to be ready for the following day when they unlock the door at 6 a.m.

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Registers without sneeze guards

Plexiglass partitions will be put up in all stores to limit contact between customers and cashiers. These plastic barriers are already in place at some of the pharmacy lanes of Walmart, will be extended to all stores across the country.

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Dirty shopping carts

Walmart has promised to do a full cleaning and sanitization of the shopping carts after use in order to prevent the passing of infections.

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Wal-Mart Announces Its Increasing Wages
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Employees with the sniffles

All Walmart employees will have their temperature taken before entering work each day. Any employee with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be sent home and not allowed to return to work until they have been fever-free for three days. Walmart has also extended its emergency leave policy through September 30, 2021.

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Walmart announced in May 2021 that it will not require customers or employees to wear masks as long as they are fully vaccinated. Although the change is based on the honor system, employees will have to fill out a health assessment about their vaccination status. They will also receive a $75 bonus as a thank you for getting the vaccine. Some places still have local mask mandates in place so for those locations, Walmart will be following those guidelines.

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Limited capacity

Walmart formerly allowed only five customers per 1,000 square feet of space. This means that stores were at about 20 percent capacity at any given time. This mandate has been lifted so typical Walmart foot traffic should bounce back. But it’s important to note that Walmart is following any local capacity limits so this could be adjusted depending on location guidelines.

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Wal-Mart Announces Its Increasing Wages
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No-return policy

Walmart has reverted back to its standard return policy. This means that you are able to exchange or return an item that you are not happy with within 90 days of purchase. The policy does not apply to states with COVID-19 guidelines still in effect, so make sure to see your location’s policies for more information.

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No vaccines

As of May 2021, Walmart has the COVID-19 vaccine available at its pharmacies for both scheduled appointments and walk-ins. More than 5,100 pharmacy locations have the vaccine in 49 states including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Walmart is even teaming up with school districts to get young people their coronavirus vaccine at school.


  • USA Today: “Walmart, Sam’s Club drop mask rule for fully vaccinated customers and employees after CDC mask guidelines”
  • Walmart: “Walmart’s return policy”
  • Walmart: “Walmart and Sam’s Club Now Administering Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccines at 5,100+ Pharmacies Nationwide”
  • Walmart: “Walmart Partners With Schools To Administer Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines to Adolescents”

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