Target Is Dialing Back This COVID Safety Measure

The superstore is reducing this one method of keeping certain shoppers safe.

With the holidays approaching and festive plans already disrupted by lockdowns, quarantines, and COVID safety measures, shopping has been more difficult than usual for many recently. But one of the ways the most vulnerable among us have been staying safe is by taking advantage of special hours reserved for seniors and the immunocompromised. However, Target just announced that it will be reducing its special hours for vulnerable shoppers to one day per week. Read on to find out more about the big change, and for ways you can protect the most vulnerable, check out If Anyone Over 60 Lives in Your House, You Need to Be Doing This.

Overall, as USA Today reports, Target is extending its store hours in the days approaching Christmas—the majority of the brand's 1,868 stores will be open at 7 a.m. each morning and remain open until midnight. However, in tandem with these longer hours, Target has rolled back the special hours it previously made available for more vulnerable shoppers. Since March, Target had been offering two days a week where the first hour of business was exclusively reserved for shoppers age 65 and older, pregnant women, and anyone else defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable. Now, at most Target locations, this will only be taking place on Tuesday mornings.

"If no vulnerable guests are waiting to shop when the store opens, and other guests are waiting to shop, store leaders may decide to open the store to all guests," Target says on its coronavirus information page. "Store capacity limits and social distancing guidelines apply and we'll continue to follow state, county, and city mandates related to vulnerable hours."

Additionally, most Target stores will be closing at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve this year, a reduction of last year's closing time of 10 p.m. You can check the full store hours at your local branch on Target's website.

Target still has a number of other COVID-19 safety measures in place that will not change, however. Read on to find out more about those, and for more big stores making big changes, check out Walmart Is Now Selling This For the First Time.

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Target stores are operating at under 20 percent capacity.

A woman wearing a face mask while shopping in a clothing department store to protect from COVID
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On average, stores are operating at less than 20 percent of their total capacity, in line with CDC guidelines around social distancing. And for more insight on where the virus is spreading, check out Almost All COVID Transmission Is Happening in These 5 Places, Doctor Says.

High touch areas are being disinfected frequently.

Female Staff disinfecting shopping cart by spraying a blue sanitizer from the bottle on wet wipe.
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Increased cleaning and disinfecting is taking place throughout Target stores, with a focus on "high touch areas like checklanes." Target employees are also stationed at store entrances to clean and disinfect carts and baskets. And for more on how long it's safe to shop, check out Don't Spend More Than This Long in the Grocery Store, Doctor Warns.

There's plexiglass at checkout.

Target customers in checkout line wearing masks, separated from cashier by clear glass panel in Danvers Massachusetts in September 19, 2020

Plexiglass partitions have been installed at Target's checkout counters between cashiers and shoppers to minimize aerosol transmission. And to learn exactly why that is, check out Chances Are High Your Grocery Store Clerk Has Silent COVID, Study Says.

All Target customers and employees are required to wear face coverings.

A sign reads face masks required as customers line up to enter a Target store during coronavirus in Glendale, California, in April 2020
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All Target staffers have been issued face masks and gloves to wear while at work, while customers are also required to wear face coverings. Disposable masks are provided on arrival for anyone who has forgotten to bring one. And for more on the kind of face covering you shouldn't be wearing, check out This Type of Face Mask Isn't Protecting You From COVID, WHO Warns.

John Quinn
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