Walmart is set to begin taking employees’ temperatures and providing them with face masks as it tries to address concerns over workers’ safety.
The US’ largest retailer which employs over 2 million people worldwide, said it will begin distributing infrared thermometers to all of its locations over the next two weeks.
Any employees with a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) will be sent home to self-isolate.
In further measures, Walmart says it will begin distributing facemasks to workers, of which it will require 7 million a week.
While Walmart remains open and under a “lot of pressure” for essential items like cleaning supplies and toilet paper, it is also implementing reduced hours in order to increase cleaning and restocking time.
This comes as US retail, delivery and warehouse workers in the US held nationwide strikes in calls for more action on staff safety and wages.
Its largest rival in the US Amazon has come under intense pressure after it sacked an employee who led a strike at its warehouse in New York’s Staten Island.
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today he was launching an investigation into the sacking, which Amazon says was due to the employee in question breaking social distancing rules.