June 12, 2024

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Target Is Dialing Back This COVID Safety Measure

With the holidays approaching and festive plans already disrupted by lockdowns, quarantines, and COVID safety measures, shopping has been more difficult than usual for many recently. But one of the ways the most vulnerable among us have been staying safe is by taking advantage of special hours reserved for seniors and the immunocompromised. However, Target just announced that it will be reducing its special hours for vulnerable shoppers to one day per week. Read on to find out more about the big change, and for ways you can protect the most vulnerable, check out If Anyone Over 60 Lives in Your House, You Need to Be Doing This.

Overall, as USA Today reports, Target is extending its store hours in the days approaching Christmas—the majority of the brand’s 1,868 stores will be open at 7 a.m. each morning and remain open until midnight. However, in tandem with these longer hours, Target has rolled back the special hours it previously made available for more vulnerable shoppers. Since March, Target had been offering two days a week where the first hour of business was exclusively reserved for shoppers age 65 and older, pregnant women, and anyone else defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable. Now, at most Target locations, this will only be taking place on Tuesday mornings.

“If no vulnerable guests are waiting to shop when the store opens, and other guests are waiting to shop, store leaders may decide to open the store to all guests,” Target says on its coronavirus information page. “Store capacity limits and social distancing guidelines apply and we’ll continue to follow state, county, and city mandates related to vulnerable hours.”

Additionally, most Target stores will be closing at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve this year, a reduction of last year’s closing time of 10 p.m. You can check the full store hours at your local branch on Target’s website.

Target still has a number of other COVID-19 safety measures in place that will not change, however. Read on to find out more about those, and for more big stores making big changes, check out Walmart Is Now Selling This For the First Time.

Read the original article on Best Life.