On Saturday, the Dodge City Walmart, located at 1905 N. 14th Ave., will shut its doors for the weekend starting at 2 p.m.

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On Saturday, the Dodge City Walmart, located at 1905 N. 14th Ave., will shut its doors for the weekend starting at 2 p.m.

According to Walmart director of communications Tiffany Wilson, as part of a company-initiated program, Walmart will close on Saturday and reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

“Now more than ever before, customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need for their families, and our associates are doing heroic work serving their communities," Wilson said in a Saturday news release. "Dodge City is suffering from a high rate of coronavirus cases. Like so many businesses in our community, our store has felt the impact of the pandemic.

“We will close our Dodge City store to allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store. It will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community during this unprecedented time."

According to Wilson, the closing is in addition to extensive measures put in place the past few weeks to help protect associates and customers.

Some of the additional measures include installing sneeze guards at registers, limiting the number of customers in a store at any one time, one-way aisle shopping, placing social distancing signage, and enacting an emergency leave policy for associates who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work.

“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts," Wilson said. "When the store reopens on Monday, we will continue to conduct associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves.

“We will continue working closely with health officials and adjusting how we serve the community, while also keeping the health and safety of our customers and associates in mind.”

For more information on the safety measures Walmart will be putting in place, visit https://corporate.walmart.com/here-for-you.

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