Beginning today, all Walmart stories are temproarily changing store hours to allow employees to sanitize and re-stock shelves.

Walmart will now be open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM until further notice.

First and foremost, we are taking preventive measures to keep our stores clean and maintain a healthy environment. Stores are cleaned daily, which includes using sanitizing solutions in high-touch, high-traffic areas. We have increased associate focus on cleaning and have dedicated an associate to maintain key areas throughout the day. We’ve seen increased foot traffic, so we’re sending additional cleaning supplies for use in places like the registers and on shopping carts.

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Many of us have experienced bare shelves in parts of stores across Central Minnesota, unable to find cleaning supplies, hand soap and sanitizer, bottled water, toilet paper, and more.

Walmart says they are working to replenish those items quickly, including diverting products to areas of the country where they are needed most and routing deliveries directly to stores.

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