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Grocery stores across Canada are changing their hours to better support workers

Grocery stores across Canada are changing their hours to support hard-working employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Thursday, Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Galen Weston announced that grocery stores will now be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in order to give exhausted employees time for "for extra sanitization and a bit of rest."

The first hour will be dedicated to seniors and shoppers with disabilities.

The company owns popular Canadian grocery stores such as Loblaws, No Frills, Superstore and T&T.

Grocery stores will also begin limiting the number of people allowed in stores at one time to give employees and shoppers an "appropriate amount of space."

Weston reassured customers that while shopping volumes are high, the flow of goods to grocery stores remains stable.

Sobeys is similarly changing its hours to protect employees, operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Canadian grocery store will also protect customers by requiring employees to wash their hands every 15 minutes, wipe down carts, and cancelling product demos.

"These are quite substantial changes," Weston said, speaking about Loblaws Companies' alterations due to COVID-19. "But, we believe they are essential."

"We ask for your patience and support as we do our best to keep our stores open and operating as safely and effectively as possible, for our colleagues, and for you."

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