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How 10 grocery stores in Dallas have changed in the coronavirus pandemic

WFAA stopped by 10 of the top grocery store chains in Dallas to see how they're keeping shoppers safe.

DALLAS — This story will be continuously updated as new announcements are made. 

Coronavirus has forced many changes for Americans, but there's one thing we still have to leave our homes for -- food.

Here's how 10 grocery stores around Dallas are keeping shoppers safe.

Tom Thumb

Customers can avoid going inside with a drive-up-and-go area in the parking lot.

If shoppers do go inside the Tom Thumb off Lovers Lane, there are multiple employees wearing masks and wiping down shopping carts. At any service counters, like the checkout, bakery and deli, there are signs on the ground to keep everyone at a safe distance.

Full guidelines here

Central Market

At the Central Market in North Dallas, the normal curbside pickup area is up and running. Under a tent at the front, one shopper is allowed in at a time. There is also a hand sanitizer dispenser available to use before you walk in. 

Once inside, there are signs and safety reminders throughout the store. Of these 10 stores, this one easily had the most signs about safety and social distancing.

Full guidelines here

Target

The Target near Turtle Creek has a "drive-up" area for customers who don't want to go inside. A main sign at the front explains their cleaning process.

In the food aisles, there are signs limiting the number of items that can be bought at a time.

At the checkout lines, there are social distancing signs.

Full guidelines here

Kroger

The Kroger near Turtle Creek has a grocery pickup area in the corner of the parking lot by the pharmacy.

The store did not have any social distancing signs outside. However, it did have social distancing signs on the products and shelves as well as "please wait here" signs on the ground near the checkout.

UPDATE: Kroger released a press release on April 7, saying stores will limit the number of customers to 50% of the "international building code's calculated capacity."

Full guidelines here

Fiesta Mart

Similar to Central Market, the Fiesta Mart in Oak Cliff near the Bishops Art District had social distancing outside and only allowed one person in at a time. There was also an employee at the main door with hand sanitizer available for each person entering. 

The store is only allowing a maximum of 50 people inside at one time.

Full guidelines here

Walmart

The Walmart in West Dallas was the busiest of the stores visited. While there didn't seem to be any food restrictions, there were social distancing signs at the registers and strips of blue tape on almost all the aisles in the grocery section.

UPDATE: On April 14, Walmart announced it would be establishing pickup hours for people most at-risk for COVID-19.

Full guidelines here

ALDI

The ALDI in West Dallas didn't have many obvious changes besides social distancing signs at the registers.

There is also a restriction of one egg cart per customer.

UPDATE: On April 8, ALDI released new safety measures for the stores. Stores would be limited to five customers per 1,000 square feet.

Full guidelines here

Sprouts

The Sprouts in the Lower Greenville area had someone wiping down carts outside. However, there were no clear signs about social distancing until inside.

There were buying limits on some food items and blue tape on the ground near registers.

Full guidelines here

Trader Joe's

Similar to Central Market and Fiesta, the Trader Joe's in Lower Greenville had an employee directing each shopper at the entrance. Only one person is allowed to walk inside at a time. There were also social distancing signs inside.

UPDATE: On April 15, Trader Joe's announced there would be some store closures because of COVID-19 concerns. There are currently no closures in the North Texas area.

Full guidelines here

Whole Foods

The Whole Foods in northeast Dallas near White Rock Lake had a large sign at the front adverting Amazon delivery. There was also a security guard at the main entrance letting shoppers know all carts have been sanitized.

Full guidelines here

Out of all of these 10 grocery stores, every single one at least had social distancing at the registers.

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