Fact check: Walmart has no plans for immediate return to 24-hour operations

The claim: Walmart will be open 24 hours starting on Aug. 14

The country's largest private employer halted its stores' 24-hour operations because of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, but some social media users are claiming that will soon change.

“Great news for late night shoplifters. 24 hour Walmart starts back August 14,2022,” read an Aug. 9 Facebook post that was shared more than 3,000 times in less than two days.

Other versions of the claim were shared tens of thousands of times across the social media platform.

But the retail giant told USA TODAY it has no plans to return to 24-hour operations.

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USA TODAY reached out to social media users who shared the claim for comment. One of the Facebook pages said the post was meant to be interpreted as satire.

'No plans' to return to 24-hour Walmart stores

Walmart has not recently announced changes to its store hours

“There are no plans at this time to return our Walmart stores to 24-hour-a-day operations,” Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson told USA TODAY in an Aug. 11 email.

The retailer also said it would not be returning to a round-the-clock schedule in a July 29 tweet.

On March 14, 2020, the company had announced its typically 24-hour stores would be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hours were then adjusted several more times, including opening an hour early for a time for older shoppers or those most vulnerable to the virus. The store then returned to a 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. schedule in June 2021, hours that are in place nationwide "unless otherwise mandated by a government agency," according to Walmart's COVID-19 information page.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Walmart will be open 24 hours a day starting on Aug. 14. A spokesperson for the retailer told USA TODAY it has no plans to return to the 24-hour operations that were in place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: False claim Walmart is resuming 24-hour operations