Here’s When You Can Shop for Groceries

Here’s When You Can Shop for Groceries

Grocery stores are continuing to follow the CDC’s guidelines to ensure each store is as safe as possible for their customers and employees. This includes shortening public hours in order to accommodate restocking and sanitizing.

Just as stores are practicing these protective CDC guidelines, we as customers need to do our part as well – please remember to practice social distancing while shopping in stores, and please stay home if you are not feeling well. If we all do our part, together we can help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our neighborhoods and communities.

Below is a list of adjusted grocery store hours during the coronavirus pandemic, including special shopping hours for medical personnel, first responders and all high-risk customers. Hours may vary by store and subject to change. Check with your local stores for updated information.

Updated May 6, 2020


Open Daily: 9am – 7pm

Special Hours: Aldi announced on Facebook that its stores will be open to senior citizens, expectant mothers, and all high-risk customers from 8:30am – 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Store Locator.

Guest Shopping Policy: Aldi announced on their website that effective Thursday, April 9th, they will limit the number of people inside their stores to approximately five customers per 1,000 square feet. They will be allowing any medical professionals, with identification, immediate access to the front of any lines that may form outside their stores.

They also ask customers to limit their shopping to one person per family. They recognize that may not be possible in certain circumstances and will make exceptions for any customer who needs to shop with children, or assist a vulnerable shopper.


Daily Hours: 6am – 8pm

Special Hours: Coborn’s invites those who are high-risk (over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems) to shop during the first two hours of each day from 6am – 8am. 

If you are now doing your grocery shopping with Coborn’s online, they ask that you select an afternoon or evening pick-up time slot to pick up your order. This will help them reserve the first open pick-up time slots, from 10am – 12pm, for those high-risk individuals as well.


MON-FRI: 10am – 8:30pm  |  SAT:  9:30am – 6pm  |  SUN: 10am – 6pm

Guest Shopping Policy: Costco announced on their website that all U.S. Costco warehouses will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card.

Face Mask Policy: effective May 4, 2020, all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose, at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition.

Special Hours: Effective Monday, May 4, Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities. Only members who meet this criteria will be able to shop during these hours. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours. Find a Costco warehouse near you.

Priority Access for Healthcare Workers and First Responders: Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses during all open hours for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Healthcare workers (which includes pharmacists and all hospital employees with a hospital ID) and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Only members who meet this criteria will be allowed priority access.

Cub Foods

Open Daily: Find a Cub Foods near you for store hours

Special Shopping Hours: From a statement on their website, Cub Foods reserves the shopping hours of 6am – 7am each day for all health care professionals, first responders, the elderly and high risk customers.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

Open Daily: 8am – 8pm

Special Shopping Hours: Fresh Thyme states on their website that stores will be exclusively open from 6am – 8am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for customers over the age of 60, and for those who may have a compromised immune system.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the shopping hours of 6am – 8am are reserved for key healthcare personnel and first responders. Please present your professional ID to enter. 

COVID Updates from Fresh Thyme


Open Daily: 8am – 8pm (Hours may vary by store)

Store Locator

Aisles Online: As demand for Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online program has grown significantly during this time, they have made some adjustments to the program in an effort to better serve you. Every day, they are opening more Aisles Online timeslots for customers to choose from. In addition, they have set a reserved Aisles Online pickup hour from 7am to 8am, seven days a week, for those who are considered “high risk.”

In-store efforts: To limit customer traffic in stores, Hy-Vee is recommending a one person per cart rule. In an effort to promote social distancing, they have implemented one-way aisles and placed markers and signage throughout each store. Temporary plexiglass window panels are now installed at all check stands, including pharmacies and convenience stores in an effort to limit direct contact among customers and employees. Panels are located both in front of and behind the store checkers.

Jerry’s Foods

Open Daily: 6am – 10pm

Special Hours: At this time, we are asking all customers to respect our request of having the opening hour of 6am to 7am each day reserved for those shoppers who are at a higher risk of severe illness, which includes older adults and those who have compromised immune systems.

Kowalski’s Markets

Open Daily: 6am – 8pm  (Hennepin & Grand open ’til 10pm)

Special Hours: The first two shopping hours of the day (6am-8am) are reserved for customers who are at higher risk

Lunds & Byerlys

Open Daily: 7am – 9pm

Special Hours: In a statement on their website, Lunds & Byerlys asks all customers to respect their request of having the opening hour of 7am – 8am each day reserved for those shoppers who are at a higher risk of severe illness by COVID-19, which includes older adults and those who have compromised immune systems

Guest Shopping Policy: They respectfully ask that, if possible, you consider having only the person purchasing the groceries in the store. COVID updates

Sam’s Club

MON-SAT: 9am – 8pm  |  SUN: 10am – 6pm

Special Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7am – 9am are reserved for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems. This includes pharmacy and optical centers and will last until further notice. Learn more about Sam’s Club’s Concierge “Shop from Your Car” Service which is also available to seniors and high-risk customers on Tuesday and Thursdays mornings.

Guest Shopping Policy: Sam’s Club is encouraging members to limit to no more than two people per membership enter the club at one time.


Open Daily:  7am – 9pm

Special Hours: Every Tuesday & Wednesday, the first shopping hour of the day (7am – 8am) is reserved for high-risk guests including pregnant women, people who are 65 and older, customers with health conditions. Store Locator.

Guest Shopping Policy: Beginning April 4th, Target will actively monitor and, when needed, limit the total number of people inside based on the store’s specific square footage. If metering is needed, a team member will help guests into a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers, while others will guide guests inside the store and keep things moving quickly and conveniently.

Trader Joe’s

Open Daily: 9am – 7pm

Special Hours: Trader Joe’s said in a statement that every day between 9am – 10am, stores will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers so that they can have “an expedited entrance” to shop the store. Store Locator

Stores will dedicate the first hour of operation every day (in general, between 8am – 9am) to serve seniors over the age of 60 and disabled customers who may need additional assistance while shopping.

Guest Shopping Policy: Trader Joe’s will be limiting the number of people in their stores; monitoring and marking the distance between customers waiting in line outside and at checkout.


Open Daily: 7am – 8:30pm

Special Hours: Tuesdays from 7am – 8am are reserved shopping hours for senior customers only

Guest Shopping Policy: Stores will be using a single, clearly designated entrance and another clearly designated exit at each store to help maintain social distancing and lessen the instances of people closely passing each other. They’re also limiting the number of people in a store at once to allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

Whole Foods

Open Daily: 9am – 8pm

Special Hours: Customers over 60 can shop one hour before regular operating hours every day. Store Locator

Guest Shopping Policy: Whole Foods has implemented crowd control measures that limit the capacity of customers based on store size and installed spacing guidelines for lines throughout the store, including outside of the store, at the register and in departments such as Meat and Seafood.