BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Giant Food announced Tuesday that most of its stores will adjust hours of operation beginning Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective Friday, March 27, most Giant Food stores will adjust hours of operations to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All Giant Food 24-hour locations will remain open 24 hours.

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Giant Food said the decreased hours at most locations will give  store teams additional time to replenish and thoroughly clean the store as they balance the demands of a significant increase in consumer needs.

The first hour of operations is reserved for senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals so that they may shop and practice safe social distancing.

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Those hours are between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Beginning Monday, March 30, Giant Food pharmacies will open early each Monday and Thursday at 6:00 a.m. and stay open until their regular closing time.

Giant Food pharmacies will maintain their regular operational hours all other days.

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