Major Retailers are Limiting Hours and Closing Stores Amid High COVID-19 Cases

If you are planning on going shopping soon, make sure to check the store’s opening and closing hours first.

A surge of COVID-19 cases is causing retailers such as Walmart and Macy’s to close stores or adjust hours, according to a report on Money.

The Macy’s store hours have been changed to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This hours operate Monday through Thursday, Macy’s senior director of corporate communications Karina Frayter said in a statement.

There are some variations in store hours, but most were originally open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, on Friday and Saturday, the store hours remain the same.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the CDC and jurisdictional guidelines as well as keep enhanced safety and wellness procedures in place,” Frayter said.

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Ashley Nolan, Walmart’s global communications senior manager, told Money in a written statement that nearly 60 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs were closed for cleaning in December.

Nolan said the company plans to continue the program for as long as necessary.

Nonetheless, Walmart stores in Texas and Missouri have closed in January, according to local media outlets.

Chipotle and Nike have also closed stores because they lack enough workers to keep them open, according to CNBC.

Starbucks stores also reduce their hours at a store-by-store basis due to staff shortages, according to a spokesperson.

In the United States, cases of COVID-19 are being reported high over again.

In addition to employee infection concerns, companies have been grappling with a labor shortage for months.

As a result, they have eliminated drug testing, sped up hiring processes, and increased pay to attract workers.

In spite of this, some retailers such as Cotsco and BJ’s have launched, earlier in the pandemic, extended hours for shoppers aged 60 and over, as well as first responders and health care workers.

The KRDO reported that businesses in Colorado Springs’ downtown are forced to change hours because of staff shortages and supply chain issues.

Due to labor shortages, North Carolina’s liquor stores are also changing their hours as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks, Charlotte Observer and CBS 17 reported.

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