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Retail shops reducing hours due to surging COVID-19 cases

Happy New Year! Last year ended with ongoing debate and even backlash about the COVID-19 vaccine mandates at many companies to help curb new infections at workplace. This year opened with retailers reducing hours regardless of vaccine status.

Companies like Apple & Walmart already reduce or temporary close stores since December that aligns to coronavirus surges in the companies and companies. The rapid spike in coronavirus cases with Omicron variant has disrupted businesses across the United States with in-person visits and purchases at brick-and-mortar stores.

📸 Macy’s, New York, U.S., November 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

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