Walmart has installed ceiling fans for its outdoor stores, but the company is not allowing them in its indoor stores.
“As the temperatures drop, the fans need to be kept in check and the temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F (37 degrees C),” a Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider.
It’s not clear if Walmart has any plans to retrofit the stores’ air conditioners, or if they will be allowed to keep them running on their own.
While Walmart has said it has been able to keep its indoor retail stores running for the past month, the cold temperatures have left many employees and shoppers cold.
The temperature is typically between 37 and 40 degrees F in winter.
A few Walmart stores in Florida and Arizona also have the ability to run fans, but they have not been able, according to The Associated Press.
Walmart’s decision to allow the ceiling fans at its outdoor locations came in the midst of a severe winter storm that hit the US last week.
In the US, temperatures hit a record low of -14 degrees F (-32 degrees C) in December.
Walmart has been operating more than 100 stores and has been installing ceiling fans to keep warm, and it will be up to the company to decide when to allow them inside, the AP reports.
If the company does not allow them, Walmart could face a costly lawsuit from customers, the paper reports.