Macy’s cuts hours due to increase in Covid-19 cases

The new wave of infections does not give truce and just as it has caused cancellations in airlines, retailers like Macy’s have been forced to change their hours to cope with the labor shortage.

The chain of stores It will open from Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 8 pm, at least for the remainder of January. Prior to this move, some Macy’s stores opened at 10 am and closed at 9 pm, CNBC reported.

For the weekends, from Friday to Sunday, you will stay with your regular hours at its 516 full-line Macy’s stores and in its 33 Bloomingdale’s stores.

A spokesperson for the warehouse firm said they will continue to monitor the situation and follow jurisdictional guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The United States reported on Monday about 1 million new Covid infections, a record number of infections in a single day, which is why retailers and restaurants are implementing new plans to deal with the latest wave of Covid-19 cases, driven by the Omicron variant.

Last month Walmart temporarily closed about 60 stores to disinfect them, in critical points where there is a greater presence of coronavirus.

Apple limited service at some of its stores in the New York area, including the one on Fifth Avenue. He reduced his hours of operation and limited the number of customers allowed inside the stores.

An employee at Nike’s Upper East Side location in New York, commented that the hours of the stores were reduced from noon to 5 pm this week, as opposed to the usual hours that are from 11 am to 7 pm.

Craig Rowley, Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, commented that the recent wave of infections has exacerbated what was already a labor shortage in the retail and restaurant industries. However, it considers that the adjustments might not have a material impact on sales, provided that retailers are able to operate adequately on weekends.

“Most of the retail sales (in stores) happen over the weekend,” said Rowley. “Many restaurants are no longer open seven days a week… If someone really needs something, they can order it online and have it delivered to their home the next day”.

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