CVS, America’s largest pharmacy operator, recently announced that it will start implementing “pre-scheduled, uninterrupted” lunch breaks for pharmacy staff later this month.
According to a press release, the lunch break will take place between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. local time at nearly all CVS locations. The change begins Feb. 28.
To avoid customers showing up during lunch and being turned away for their prescriptions, CVS is getting out the word early about their new hours. While some CVS locations already have lunch breaks due to state laws, but this new corporate initiative will require lunch breaks for pharmacy employees in all states, even those without lunch break mandates. According to the Department of Labor, federal law doesn’t require lunch or coffee breaks for American workers.
With COVID-19 taking a toll on pharmacy and health care workers across the U.S., the lunch break is a welcome addition for CVS pharmacy workers.
Despite the pandemic and Americans’ reliance on pharmacies such as CVS, the pharmacy operator announced last year that they will likely close 900 stores over the next three years. That’s around 10% of the operator’s 10,000 locations nationwide.