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January 5, 2022

Macy’s cuts department store hours as US Covid cases surge

A total of 1,082,549 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday in the US.

Department stores chain Macy’s is cutting its store hours this month due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the US. 

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According to the updated schedule, stores in the US will now be open between 11am and 8pm from Monday to Thursday compared to 10am to 9pm previously.

However, there will be no change in store hours from Friday to Sunday.

In addition, Macy’s in-store staff will continue to follow their normal allotted hours.

Macy’s external communications senior director Andrea Schwartz was quoted by Reuters as saying: “Our store colleagues will continue to work their normal allocated hours. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and jurisdictional guidelines.”

The retailer, which operates 516 full-line Macy’s department stores and 33 Bloomingdale’s shops, did not provide details on its workers testing Covid positive.

In a separate development, Macy’s also started requesting the vaccination statuses of its employees.

These new measures come as the US has reported more than one million new infections on 03 January, taking its total number of cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic to 56,189,547.

Late last month, tech giant Apple temporarily shut all its stores in New York for onsite shopping due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Walmart has also revealed that it had temporarily closed nearly 60 stores in Covid-19 hotspots in December to sanitise them against the virus.

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