With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreading across the world, retailers have been placed in a tough position — on the one hand, they need to stay open to keep business running — not to mention to provide necessary supplies to customers — but on the other, they need to protect their employees and their shoppers. As such, many stores have changed their hours, and others have closed entirely.
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To be clear: if you're shopping for anything but essentials like groceries or medical supplies, stay away from public spaces where you are likely to encounter groups of people. If you're looking for a new wall-hanging and want to show support for businesses at this challenging time, ordering online is a must.
P.F. Candle Co.: online shopping available with free shipping.
Poketo: online shopping available with free shipping.
Closed, both stores and online:
Stores (and online) open, but should be avoided except when shopping for essentials:
The Home Depot: Open, but all stores close at 6 p.m.
Target: Open, but all stores close at 9 p.m. On Wednesdays, the first hour of shopping will be reserved for the elderly and those with health concerns.
Walmart: Open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.