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Walmart is expanding its hours of operation and removing in-store capacity restrictions as the once-strict coronavirus-related protocols continue to ease around the country.
Starting Saturday, stores will open an hour earlier – the new hours will be 6 a.m.-11 p.m. – unless it is mandated by state or local government, Walmart U.S. chief operating officer Dacona Smith said in a note to customers Tuesday.
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"As COVID-19 cases leveled out, we expanded our closing time late last year and now, with the number of fully vaccinated Americans growing higher every day, we believe we can adjust hours once again," Smith said.
However, the first hour of every Tuesday morning will still be dedicated to seniors, anyone who is at least 60 years old, and customers who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, the retailer told USA Today.
Starting July 3, the retailer will also resume its pre-coronavirus hours for most pharmacies and vision centers. Most pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Vision centers will open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays.