Iowa based grocery stores, Fareway and Hy-Vee, have both announced a change in their operating hours and store policies in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

According to a press release sent out by Hy-Vee it states,

  • STORE HOURS: Starting Wednesday, March 18, Hy-Vee stores will close at 8 p.m. Until further notice, Hy-Vee’s new store hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. These shortened hours will allow employees additional time to clean and sanitize all areas of the store, as well as restock the items in highest demand. Operating with shorter hours also will allow employees additional time to care for their families and loved ones. Hy-Vee convenience stores will not be affected and will operate under normal business hours.
  • DINING AREAS: All dining areas in all Hy-Vee stores, restaurants and convenience stores are now closed to the public. Foodservice areas will still operate during their normal hours, offering freshly prepared meal options for carry-out only. Also, all bars inside Hy-Vee Market Grille locations have been closed until further notice.
  • For Hy-Vee Aisles Online customers, deliveries will now be made by third-party partners like Shipt and Door Dash, where it's available, in order to help in-store employees focus on pickup orders and other needs at the stores. Hy-Vee Aisles Online customers may find that their preferred delivery or pickup time isn’t available due to increased demand.Hy-Vee also announced that its weekly corporate ads will be suspended at this time due to the current high demand for many products. Customers may still have received this week’s ad circular as it was already inserted into the newspaper. Stores will honor the products featured if they are in stock.

Hy-Vee has also stated that they will have reserved hours of shopping for those who are 60 years of age or older, expecting mothers, and anyone with underlying health conditions which makes them more susceptible to illness. Those hours will be 7a-8a, seven days a week. Pharmacies in most Hy-Vee stores will also be operating under those same conditions and times.

Fareway posted this video on their Facebook page last night with a message from their President and CEO, Reynolds Cramer,

On Fareway's website they list their new hours as Monday-Saturday. 8a-7p. From 8a-9a, they will only allow those who are 65 years of age or older, those with increased susceptibility to serious illness, and expecting mothers.

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