LAKELAND — Starting Saturday, May 16, Publix stores expanded store hours. Publix stores are now open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., and pharmacy has returned to normal operating hours.
Designated shopping hours for customers over the age of 65, first responders and health care workers are being discontinued; however, Publix encourages customers who prefer to shop when the store is less crowded to come in during the 7 a.m. hour.
Each store will continue to support social distancing and the well-being of our associates and customers by conducting additional cleaning and preventive sanitation before and after store hours, including:
• sanitizing high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day,
Customers are also encouraged to wear masks when shopping to help protect the store associates and other customers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, many of those who have COVID-19 and could be contagious may have no symptoms. The virus is primarily spread in the droplets of moisture that leave the mouth and nose when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. Cloth masks catch these droplets, helping to prevent the spread of the virus.