ITHACA, N.Y. –– In response to increasing concern over coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, Wegmans announced Friday that they are reducing their hours in stores across New York state.

Wegmans will now be open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. The grocery store is typically open 24-hours a day. It is unclear when they will return to their regular hours. Wegman’s Brooklyn location is not included in the hour changes.

“This additional time will be used to clean our stores and restock products,” the company said in a statement.

Shelves at the Ithaca Wegmans on Meadow Street were noticeably bare as panicked shoppers began stockpiling supplies in preparation for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Wegmans addressed customer concerns about increasing demand in their statement Friday.

It reads, “know that we continue to receive shipments to our stores every day. Although we may not have every variety available, we are working hard to give our customers options in each category.”

In order to slow shortages on certain products, Wegmans is limiting sales of the following:

Limit of 4 each per order

  • Wegmans purified, distilled, and spring water, 1 gallon

Limit of 3 each per order

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Alcohol wipes and prep pads
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Limit of 2 each per order

  • All Wegmans disinfecting wipes, 75 count
  • All Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • All Lysol disinfecting wipes
  • Wegmans towelettes, 40 count
  • Wegmans water, 35 and 24 packs

Limit of 1 each per order

  • Wegmans bath tissue, family pack
  • Wegmans soft bath tissue, family pack

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com