Target Is Cleaning Stores Every 30 Minutes In An Effort to Slow Coronavirus Spread

Coronavirus has been dominating news headlines everywhere, and for many of us it is all consuming. Kids are home from school and more and more people are working from home and as we practice some social distancing, our homes are becoming our sanctuaries now more than ever. Which means we are eating more at home and using household products at a quicker rate. It’s hard not to panic – and while we want to limit our exposure to others, we find ourselves heading to stores like Target to stock up on things like toilet paper and canned goods. And let’s not forget the cleaning products – especially since the danger of community spread grows more real.

In an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Target CEO, Brian Cornell, announced a strict new cleaning regimen that will take effect at stores across the country. “Over the past few days, so many of you have been in our stores and on our website stocking up on all the essential things you need to keep your families healthy and safe,” Cornell wrote. “I want you to know that your health and safety is our first priority, too,” Cornell says in the press release. “On top of our daily cleaning procedures, we’re adding hours to each store’s payroll to make our routines even more rigorous. This means more time will be spent cleaning our stores, including cleaning surfaces like check lanes and touchscreens at least every 30 minutes.”

The retail giant will also stop offering in-store food samples and will add staff to support in-store order pickups and Drive Up, which allows shoppers to place their orders in advance, then pick them up curbside. Those types of services help limit close contact with other people, and social distancing is one of the best ways we can all contribute to fighting the coronavirus right now.

Additionally, sick team members are encouraged to stay home, he wrote, and travel has been suspended unless it’s business critical.

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