Walmart Expands Store Hours, Announces Other Changes

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Walmart is taking a step back toward pre-pandemic normalcy by expanding its store hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time, unless otherwise mandated by state or local government.

The change will be effective Saturday, June 5. Early in the coronavirus pandemic last year, Walmart narrowed its store hours. In November, store hours were expanded to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. So, you now will have an extra hour to shop.

On July 3, Walmart returns to its pre-COVID-19 hours for most pharmacies and vision centers.

Pharmacies will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Vision centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and will be open on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Walmart also recently ended its 20% capacity restriction across all of its stores. Fully vaccinated customers and workers no longer need to wear masks — subject to local laws and restrictions — and seating is open again in Auto Care Center waiting areas.

Finally, fitting rooms are open in areas that allow it.

A few things will remain as holdovers from the pandemic-era changes. They include:

  • Associates will continue to sanitize shopping carts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the front entrance.
  • Sneeze guards will stay in place at all registers.
  • Social distancing decals will remain on the floor.

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