Walmart has announced that stores nationwide will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day for the second year in a row. The move was made as a way to show appreciation for the Walmart employees and all that they've done for their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities," Walmart wrote in a statement on their website announcing the news. Closing shop for Thanksgiving Day will allow Walmart employees to spend time with their loved ones and enjoy the holiday.
Specific information about what this means for Black Friday shopping and hours is not yet available, but Walmart did confirm in the announcement that stores would be open on November 26th. It's possible that the chain will follow suit with what they did for Black Friday in 2020. Some deals were available online at midnight on Thanksgiving Day and stores opened at 5 a.m. to welcome dedicated shoppers.
Along with the Thanksgiving holiday off, Walmart said they will continue to offer pandemic-related benefits to their employees. These benefits include no-cost counseling services and two weeks of paid leave if they have to miss work due to COVID-19 or quarantining. Employees may also receive three days of paid leave if they feel ill after receiving their vaccinations.
This story will be updated as more information comes out, but for now, rest assured that you'll be able to do some in-person Black Friday shopping this year. What a time.
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