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Walmart cuts retail hours because of coronavirus

From staff reports • Mar 15, 2020 at 7:19 AM

Attention, Walmart shoppers …

Starting Sunday, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets normally open 24 hours will be open only from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, the retail giant announced.

According to a post Saturday on Walmart.com, the move is to “better support our associates and serve our customers” and “ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing.”

Stores already operating under more reduced hours will keep their current hours of operation.

“As we make this change, associates will continue to work the hours and shifts they are scheduled, and our supply chain and trucking fleet will continue to move products and deliver to stores on their regular schedules,” Dacona Smith, executive vice president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in the announcement.

Walmart is the largest retailer in the United States.

For most people, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.