Since the beginning of the pandemic, H-E-B has been proactive about taking the right precautions. The popular Texas grocery store chain began to put protective systems in place at the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has diligently upheld a high standard for safety ever since. These measures include installing plexiglass shields, offering more curbside and delivery options, and modifying store hours. 

On March 15, all H-E-B locations cut down hours of operation as a way to protect both their staff and patrons. Fast forward to now, H-E-B feels confident in their decision to offer a larger window for shopping. This new change is built upon the modification that was made in early June, allowing stores to operate between the hours of 7 A.M. and 11 P.M. As it stands currently, select H-E-Bs will now be open from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M., with some opening as early as 5:30 A.M. 

In addition to their change in hours of operation, H-E-B has also edited their list of limitations. Some stores are still placing purchasing limits on specific items such as wipes and soap; however, most purchasing restrictions have been lifted. Bear in mind, these rules and restrictions may be different depending on the location. 

H-E-B is not the only grocery store readjusting back to normal life. Stores like Central Market and Mi Tienda have followed suit, recently expanding their hours as well. If customers do their part to sanitize and wear masks, continued operation on this level is well within the realm of possibility. 

Although these updates are subject to change, they provide a glimmer of hope for Houston. With slight changes such as these, we can be hopeful to see our communities functioning as normal in the near future.