As news of the highly infectious coronavirus COVID-19 spreads worldwide, U.S. stores are declaring closures or cutting down of hours of operation. Which stores are braving out the pandemic and which stores are on total lockdown?
This coronavirus is forcing everyone to stock up on household necessities such as paper products, food, and especially cleaning supplies. Retail chains are taking the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the contagious COVID-19, and below is a list of the stores that are closing or reducing store hours:
Stores That Are Cutting Hours
These major grocery stores across the nation are reducing their normal hours of operation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by conducting deep-cleaning procedures and to restock products for the endless barrage of frantic customers:
Albertson’s - Albertsons and Safeway stores are opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier.
Harris Teeter - Harris Teeter will close their stores at 9 p.m. each night, effective Sunday, March 15, until further notice. Stores will open at their regular scheduled time.
H-E-B - Beginning Sunday, March 15, all stores will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. until further notice.
Kroger - Kroger is ending their 24-hour service and store hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice
Publix - Beginning Saturday, March 14, Publix Super Markets will adjust store and pharmacy hours companywide to close at 8 p.m. nightly until further notice.
Ralph's - Ralph's is limiting its hours and closing at 8 p.m.
Trader Joe’s - Beginning Monday, March 16th and until further notice, all Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Walmart - Beginning Sunday, March 15. Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.
Wegman’s - Hours and closures vary by state. Check out this list on their website.
Winn-Dixie - Beginning Monday, March 16, all Winn-Dixie locations will close at 9 p.m. nightly until further notice.
Check your grocery store’s website before you go to get the most recent news about their hours.
Businesses That Are Temporarily Shutting Down
Disneyworld, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris
Abercrombie & Fitch
The good news is you can still stop these retailers online!
Where To Shop Instead
Experts are recommending that consumers stay away from crowded places and shop online, if possible. Instead of hopping in the car, opt for at-home delivery grocery services such as Instacart and, of course, Amazon.com for other necessities. Some grocery stores and pharmacies are adapting their delivery policies to be more helpful during this pandemic, so check your local grocery store’s and pharmacy’s website to see if the updates affect you.
While there seem to be scammers out there gouging consumers with higher prices and promoting fake “cures” for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers valid tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC also recommends that if you have traveled outside of the United States, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, self-quarantine for fourteen days. One thing to keep in mind is that wisdom always outweighs fear, and simple hygiene protocols always help to prevent the spread of disease.