Like the vast majority of stores in the United States, Walmart modified its customer service hours when the pandemic began. Now they have just announced a new modification to their schedule.
After five months of reduced operating hours due to the coronavirus pandemic, Walmart announced that it will extend hours by 90 minutes at 85% of branches nationwide.
On March 15, with the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, the largest retailer in the United States reduced the hours of its stores but, some weeks later, modified it again to close at 8:30 p.m.
Now, as reported by a company spokesperson to USA Today, as of August 17, the more than 4,700 Walmart stores will change their closing hours from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The special shopping hours for the elderly will continue until further notice and, at all times, health and safety measures such as social distancing, temperature taking, and plastic barriers in the boxes will be respected,. The use of face masks continues to be mandatory.
The company's website or its app can be consulted to know the hours of each branch.
Hours in other stores
Chains such as Costco and Walgreens returned to their normal hours in May. Target made the schedule change in June and most of its locations already close at 10:00 p.m. Most retailers are also planning to modify their hours soon, to return to those they had before the pandemic.