As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to make its way around the United States, many stores and restaurants have been forced to shut their doors due to public health concerns. Luckily, several grocery and convenience stores are still open, so you can stock up on all the essentials that your family needs while you practice social distancing.
After the number of cases in the U.S reached a new high on March 13 — 1,629 in the U.S., according to the CDC (although that number is now estimated to be higher) — many major retailers altered their store hours, cleaning procedures, delivery options, and more. Walmart was a leader in this change, releasing a statement on Saturday breaking down the ways that they would help better serve their employees and customers:
"To better support our associates and serve our customers, we will adjust our operating hours beginning Sunday, March 15. Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation. "
As a reminder, the COVID-19 outbreak is evolving by the minute, which means the hours and status of your local stores may be changing, too. It's best to call your nearest chain before you head out to get the most up-to-date information on closings, hour changes, and more.
Here's a list of stores we've confirmed are still open (closings and hours are subject to change):
- Albertsons: Some stores have adjusted hours, depending on location.
- Aldi: Some stores have temporarily closed, or have limited hours.
- Big Y: Stores remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- BJ's: Stores are operating with normal hours, however shoppers should "expect some shipping delays on minor portions of summer seasonal items.
- Costco: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- Cumberland Farms: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- CVS: Stores and pharmacies are operating with normal hours.
- Dollar General: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- Harris Teeter: All stores close at 9 p.m.
- HEB: Stores remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Home Depot: Stores are operating with normal hours, but in-store classes and workshops are canceled.
- Kroger: Adjusted store hours vary by location, but most are open from 7 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m.
- Lowe's: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- Publix: All stores close at 8 p.m.
- Ralphs: All stores are open 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
- Safeway: Some stores have adjusted hours, depending on location.
- Sam's Club: Starting Tuesday, March 17, stores will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday hours will remain 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Shoprite: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- Stop & Shop: All stores open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Online pickup has been suspended.
- Target: Stores are operating with normal hours.
- Trader Joe's: All stores are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens: Stores and pharmacies are operating with normal hours.
- Walmart: All 24-hour stores have reduced hours, opening from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours will keep their normal hours.
- Wegmans: Some stores have adjusted hours for overnight cleaning, depending on location.
- Whole Foods Market: Some stores have adjusted hours, depending on location.
- Winn-Dixie: All stores close at 9 p.m.
Here's a list of stores that have closed for the time being:
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- Free People
- Lush Cosmetics
- Patagonia (Note: They have also suspended their online shopping services.)
- Urban Outfitters
What about delivery options?
Many stores, including Stop & Shop and Safeway, are still fulfilling online orders for delivery. Due to high demand, stores warn that there may be a delay in deliveries — and there's even the possibility that these services will be suspended if the COVID-19 outbreak worsens. As a general rule, call your local store first before you place an order.
Walgreens and CVS, however, are making it even easier for customers to get their prescriptions filled. Both pharmacies are waiving all delivery fees, making it possible for any elderly or at-risk people to receive their medications without leaving their home.
Looking for even more options? There are still a number of delivery services that will bring food and beverages straight to your door:
For helpful resources regarding coronavirus, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus Disease 2019 fact page and The National Association of County and City Health Officials' directory of local health departments.
Additional reporting done by Katie Bourque and Hannah Jeon.
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