Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule based on age.
Walmart is offering special hours for seniors but has not designated times for people to shop by age group.
Stores around the U.S. _ including Walmart _ are offering special hours to cater to seniors, who experts have said could be more vulnerable to the new coronavirus.
But a post circulating on Facebook, which features logos for Walmart and Sam’s Club, falsely states that the discount retailer is establishing shopping days based on age groups. The post apologizes for any inconvenience before breaking out when age groups can shop; Monday age 66+, Tuesday 56-65, Wednesday 46-55, Thursday 36-45, Friday 25-35, Saturday 24 and below, Sunday shopping emergency only.
Rebecca Thomason, a Walmart spokeswoman, said in an email that the staggered shopping schedule featured in the posts is false.
Walmart has revised its shopping hours to provide for greater social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. They are posted on the company’s website.
Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens, the company states on its site.
Walmart is not the only chain store to accommodate seniors with special hours. Stores like Publix are also offering special hours for seniors to shop on specified days.
Senior citizens have been largely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.