Walmart Shortens Its Hours to Disinfect and Restock

March 15, 2020 Updated: March 15, 2020

Walmart, the largest retailer in America, said Saturday that it will will modify its store hours in response to the pandemic.

Beginning Sunday, all of Walmart’s more than 4,700 U.S. stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. The company said the shortened hours will help employees restock shelves overnight and clean stores. Thousands of Walmart stores are already operating under shortened hours.

Walmart employees will keep their regular daytime or evening shifts, the company said.

Other grocery stores, including Publix, Giant, Stop & Shop and H-E-B have also modified their hours in recent days as the virus has spread.

With the downturn in business hurting America’s retail industry, some retailers plan to temporarily close stores or reduce their hours.

Late Saturday, Urban Outfitters said it will close all of stores around the world and will not reopen them until at least March 28.

Patagonia, Glossier and Neighborhood Goods have also announced their stores will temporarily close.

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