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Hy-Vee brings back shopping hour only for those high-risk from COVID-19

Similar steps were taken during the spring.

Hy-Vee has announced that effective immediately, it's bringing back its shopping hour for customers at high risk of complications from COVID-19.

The Iowa-based retailer, which has more than 40 stores in Minnesota, said it's bringing back the dedicated shopping hour that it had during the onset of the pandemic.

As of Monday, Hy-Vee stores will be dedicated to shoppers who are either aged 60 and older, expectant mothers, or anyone with underlying health conditions that makes them more susceptible to serious illness between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday to Friday.

"As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the areas we serve, we believe it’s necessary to bring back this special hour to best serve customers who are at a higher risk of serious illness," a statement from the retailer said.

"Hy-Vee remains committed to our customers during these challenging times and will take all measures necessary to keep them and our employees safe.

"All other customers are asked to please respect this hour reserved for these at-risk customers, and limit their shopping to before or after the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. hour, Monday through Friday."

Other retailers introduced similar dedicated hours during the spring, though most have dialed it back since. Target still offers a dedicated shopping hour at select stores, typically between 7-8 a.m. on Tuesdays.

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