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Retail giant Walmart assured customers that its Evergreen Park store in Illinois was safe to visit after the coronavirus deaths of two employees, 51-year-old Wando Evans and 48-year-old Phillip Thomas.
"We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store, and we are mourning along with their families," Walmart said.
The store where Evans and Thomas worked had recently passed a health department inspection, Walmart said. It's unknown whether they contracted the virus at work, and Walmart hired a third-party company to sanitize the location.
"While neither associate had been at the store in more than a week, we took action to reinforce our cleaning and sanitizing measures, which include a thorough cleaning of key areas of the store with a 3rd party," the retailer said.
Walmart announced Friday that it will limit the number of customers who can be inside the store at one time to roughly 20% of the store's capacity. Customers will be admitted one-by-one from a line formed at single-entry door. Additionally, Walmart is implementing a one-way movement policy in its aisles, which will be marked.