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Some things may remain the same this Memorial Day: The stock market, the postal service and most banks will be non-operational on Monday, May 25.
But as the coronavirus pandemic ravages onward — and each state’s reopening mandates vary significantly — Memorial Day closures may not be as consistent nationwide as they have been in previous years. It is always worth contacting a local business to see if they are open on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May to honor soldiers who have died in uniform. Its origins come from Decoration Day, a Civil War-era tradition in which loved ones decorated the graves of soldiers at the end of May.
Here’s what will be open and closed Monday, state-by-state guidelines notwithstanding:
Grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores
Many grocery stores will remain open on Memorial Day. Hours for in-store shopping, pick up and delivery options may be adjusted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Check your local grocer’s website for hours, as well as grocery services such as Amazon Fresh, Shipt or Instacart for delivery options.
The largest nationwide closure is Costco Wholesale, which returned to normal operating hours earlier this month.
Most restaurants will continue to operate on Memorial Day for delivery and takeout.
Depending on your state’s stay-at-home restrictions, some restaurants will offer dine-in service. They will likely have capacity limits and social distancing measures, such as Ocean City, Maryland’s Fish Tales, which incorporates outdoor “bumper” tables.
Many retail stores continue to be closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will remain closed on Memorial Day.
Those that have re-opened will likely remain open on Memorial Day, but may have limitations, such as opening with limited capacity, curbside pick-up and mandatory mask wearing.
The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail, nor will FedEx or UPS. The key exceptions are critical services; FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical will continue operating. Some FedEx Office locations will operate on modified hours, while others will be closed.
Amazon, due to its relationship with these shipping carriers, considers Memorial Day a shipping holiday.
Most banks, including the Federal Reserve Banks, will be closed on Memorial Day. ATMs will generally continue to function for some banking transactions, as will banks’ respective mobile apps. The CDC advises customers use a drive-through ATM, if available, and to apply hand sanitizer immediately after using the ATM.
Most public and private schools — which continue to operate virtually nationwide — will be closed on Memorial Day.
The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets will be closed Monday. Foreign markets will remain open.
Contributing: Joel Shannon and Ashley May, USA TODAY. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote.
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