Several grocery chains across the United States are changing store hours during the coronavirus outbreak. They say the reduced hours will give them more time to clean stores, restock and keep workers healthy.
Grocery chain Publix, which has more than 1200 stores across Florida and southern states, will be closing at 8 pm ET, or two hours early, to give employees time to restock produce and sanitize shelves.
“Publix will continue to focus on keeping our associates healthy — and our stores open and stocked — to serve and support all our communities,” Todd Jones, Publix CEO, said in a statement on the chain’s website.
Jones noted that food demonstrations were suspended until further notice and the company has set purchase limits “on some key items to allow more customers to get what they need.”
Publix’s pharmacies will also close at 8 pm ET until further notice.
On Facebook, many customers thanked Publix for its work, while others noted that the stores were still running out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer.