November 2, 2020 -- Several major grocery chains — such as Publix, Target, and Walmart — are closing on Thanksgiving Day this year, but others — such as Kroger, Safeway, and Wegmans — will be open, according to Prevention.

The CDC advises against shopping just before, on, or after Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Shopping in crowded stores is considered a “higher risk activity” for virus transmission.

Grocery delivery or pick-up services could help customers to avoid large crowds. Those who shop inside should stay 6 feet away from others, wear a face mask, and sanitize their hands. It also helps to prepare ahead of time and shop early this year, Prevention reported.

“Avoid the last-minute runs to the grocery store,” Amira Roess, an infectious diseases specialist and professor of global health and epidemiology at George Mason University, told the magazine.

“Reduce the risk of infection to yourself, the grocery store workers, and others in your community,” she said.

More than a dozen stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, including Aldi, Bi-Lo, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Publix, Sam’s Club, Target, Trader’s Joe’s, Walmart, and Winn-Dixie.

More than 30 stores have decided to remain open, but some may have reduced hours. This includes CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Food Lion, The Fresh Market, Giant, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Kroger, Ralphs, Rite Aid, Safeway, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.

Others may be closed based on location, so customers should check ahead of time for the hours. For additional details, call the stores or check the lists published by Prevention and Delish.

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Prevention, “30 Grocery Stores That Will Be Open on Thanksgiving Day in 2020.”
CDC, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Holiday Celebrations: Thanksgiving.”
Delish, “All The Grocery Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day, Because You Know You're Going To Forget Something.”

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