On Election Day, the voting polls are open and so are most businesses since the date is not a federal holiday.
The stock market will be open as will banks, and the U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail.
But several businesses and national retailers including Best Buy, Old Navy and Starbucks are giving employees the ability to take time off to vote Tuesday and they will also pay them if they work the polls.
Best Buy is shortening hours to give employees time to vote for the first time while J. Crew is closing all of its stores, customer service centers and corporate offices.
Retailers also are bracing for post-election unrest, and it’s possible store hours could be adjusted, which happened in parts of the country this summer after protests spread following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis.
Election Day is a holiday in some states including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Virginia and in Puerto Rico. So some state offices may be closed, as are some schools and colleges.
Election Day 2020 reduced store hours
Adidas: Stores will open at 1 p.m. local time Tuesday and the company won’t have any new drops of merchandise.
Bath & Body Works: Stores open at noon local time.
Best Buy: Stores will open at noon local time on Election Day to give employees time to vote.
lululemon: The company tweeted Monday that “all US stores early so our community has the space to vote. Stores will close at 4pm or 4 hours before polls close.”
Vineyard Vines: Shortened operating hours on Election Day include stores and corporate offices. Find store hours at www.vineyardvines.com.
White Castle: The fast-food chain is opening later Tuesday; restaurants will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. to allow employees time to vote.
More: Smaller chains and local businesses also may reduce hours Tuesday.
Businesses closed on Election Day
&pizza: The Washington, D.C.-based chain is closing its 40 pizza locations Tuesday and giving “employees paid time off to vote on Election Day.”
Ben & Jerry’s: All company-owned and operated facilities in the U.S., including its corporate headquarters and ice cream factories, are closed and the company says it supports the idea of making Election Day a national holiday.
J.Crew Group: All J.Crew and Madewell stores, corporate offices, distribution and customer service centers will be closed on Election Day.
Patagonia: The outdoors brand, which gave its workers Election Day off starting in 2016, is closing its stores, headquarters and distribution center Tuesday.
The Body Shop: Stores are closed Tuesday so “eligible employees can vote and make their voices heard.”
Additional closings: Local businesses and smaller chains could be closed Tuesday.