Publix rolls out dedicated shopping hours for health care workers, first responders

The store is already offering exclusive shopping hours for seniors.

Publix is setting aside time for first responders and health care workers to shop uninhibited by the general population.

Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. and Friday mornings from 7-8 a.m., the store will open only for documented health care workers, law enforcement officers or first responders.

The schedule takes effect April 16 and will continue until further notice.

It’s Publix’s latest effort to protect vulnerable individuals and, in this case, those whose health is crucial to the ongoing battle with COVID-19.

The pharmacy will also be available during the exclusive shopping hours.

The move comes after the company had already dedicated shopping hours to senior citizens.

Senior shopping hours are scheduled for 7-8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The company employs more than 200,000 workers and operates more than 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

As the new coronavirus has spread throughout the Sunshine State, forcing restaurant dining rooms to close, Publix has faced unprecedented demand.

In late March, the grocery chain announced it would bring on thousands of workers to keep pace.

The pandemic has also forced Publix to take safety measures such as installing sneeze guards to protect employees from exposure. The decision came after Publix announced one of its employees in Cumming, Georgia tested positive for COVID-19.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


  • Marlene

    April 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    What a great idea and an important way to help protect our essential workers. Kudos to Publix.

    • Maria

      April 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      I thought it was nice until they didn’t include the post office

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