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7 Things You Won’t See in Target Anymore

Due to new health and safety regulations against the novel coronavirus, stores have made modifications to their customer service—and Target is no exception.

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Are you a fan of Target? Then you’ve probably noticed your shopping trips look a bit different than used to. Due to new health and safety regulations against the novel coronavirus, a lot of stores made modifications to their customer service—and Target is no exception. For those of you wondering how different shopping at Target might be these days, here are the seven things you won’t see in the retailer anymore. Make sure you also check out the things you won’t see in Walmart anymore.

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People without masks

People wearing face coverings or masks have become the norm for most stores, and Target is no exception. “Providing team members with high-quality, disposable face masks and gloves to wear at work and encouraging healthy hygiene habits as guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Given CDC guidance on the role that face masks can play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and to keep our team and guests safe, we’re requiring team members to wear masks or face coverings when working,” they said in a statement on the website. Check out the rules you’ll have to follow to shop at Target, Walmart and more.

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Free samples

Free samples can make any shopping trip better—but it might be a while until you get to see them again. “Any grocery stores that offer free samples will likely move away from those in a post-pandemic world especially if they’re in standalone containers and not handed out by workers,” says Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews. To keep their customers safe, Target also stopped offering food sampling options in its stores. Here’s how to shop Target’s dollar section.

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Starbucks cafes

If you’re a Starbucks lover, you’re probably eagerly waiting for the day you can step in your local Starbucks again. Since the start of the pandemic, the Seattle-based coffee chain closed many locations, and switched to a to-go method in others, according to USA Today. Therefore, it’s no big surprise that the Starbucks cafes in Target have been closed for the time being. Instead, try one of these copycat Starbucks recipes at home.

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Fitting rooms

“We’ve ceased food sampling in our stores, as well as keeping our Starbucks cafes and fitting rooms closed for the time being,” says a statement on Target’s website. “However, guests may still use our fitting rooms, or a mother’s room, for nursing if requested.”

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Stocking up on certain items

If you were hoping to stock up on hand sanitizer, toilet paper or disinfectant wipes, we have some bad news for you. Due to increased demand, Target placed buying limits on certain products. By the way, this is what those big red shapes are in front of Target.

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Busy Target checkoutsANDY CROSS/GETTY IMAGES

A full store

Big shopping crowds at Target on a weekend might be a thing of the past. To keep customers and team members safe, Target imposed occupancy limits to its stores. “Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion,” a Target representative told CBS News.

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Shopping on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings

Are you a fan of shopping trips early in the morning? Make sure you don’t schedule them on a Tuesday or Wednesday. “Stores will expand dedicated shopping time for customers over age 65, pregnant or with an underlying medical condition to two days: the first hour of every Tuesday and Wednesday morning,” says a statement on Target’s website. Next, check out the things you won’t see in Costco anymore.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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