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Walmart extends hours and monitors the number of customers entering stores as COVID-19 cases increase

Walmart is extending its hours during the holiday shopping season and before the arrival of the Black Friday to make sure your branches do not exceed visitor capacity limits due to the increase in coronavirus cases.

From this one Saturday, November 14 most company stores they will be open from 7 in the morning until 11 at night but some branches could close earlier according to the disposition of the local authorities.

This is the second time that Walmart increases the hours after reducing them since March amid the coronavirus pandemic. In August, the retailer extended hours by 90 minutes at 85% of its stores nationwide.

Older adults

The company will continue to offer a special shopping hours for people over 60 every Tuesday morning, an hour before the stores open to the general public.

Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day

The world’s largest retailer announced that this year Black Friday sales will run throughout the month of November. Starting this Saturday, several branches will open their doors from 5 in the morning.

The chain’s stores will close on Thanksgiving for the first time since the late 1980s as will other retailers such as Target and Best Buy.

Related: First it was toilet paper: now the coronavirus is curiously caused by a shortage of refrigerators and other appliances.

Given the increase in COVID-19 cases, the main supermarket chains have begun to establish purchase limits for items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

When the pandemic hit the United States, hundreds of consumers flocked to stores, emptying shelves of staples like canned food and frozen vegetables by registering “panic buying.” Large retailers were unprepared for the sudden surge in demand for essentials.

In the last seven days the United States has reported an average of more than 139,900 cases per day, an increase of more than 35% compared to a week ago, based on an analysis of data compiled by the Universidad Johns Hopkins.

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