Columbus Day 2020: Are grocery stores open? Do my kids have school?

by 24USATVOct. 12, 2020, noon 22
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Columbus Day, which commemorates Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas, will be observed on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

Across the country, however, there has been a move to rename the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day.
• None READ MORE: Baltimore City Council votes to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Columbus Day is a mixed bag — banks and the post office are closed but most local government offices will be open.

Here’s a rundown of what we were able to determine regarding what’s closed on Oct. 12, but the best advice is if you’re heading somewhere, call ahead to make sure it will be open.

Keep in mind, while a business may be considered “open” the physical location may be closed to the public because of COVID-19.

County government – Lancaster and York are closed. Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry are open.

Grocery stores – Most are open regular hours including Aldi, BJs, Costco, Karns, Giant, Sam’s Club, Sharp Shopper, Save A Lot, Wegmans and Weis.

Libraries - Dauphin County Library System, Lebanon County Library System, Cumberland County Library System and Middletown and Hershey public libraries are open.

Liquor stores – Stores normally open on Mondays will be open regular hours.

Municipal government – Some municipal government offices are open including Carlisle, Hummelstown, Susquehanna Twp. and Upper Allen Twp. Those closed include Camp Hill, Hampden Twp., Harrisburg, Lower Paxton Twp. and Silver Spring Twp.

Public schools – Most public schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry counties are closed for students. Some are open including Harrisburg and Carlisle.

Trash collection – Republic Services, Penn Waste and Waste Management will operate on regular schedules.

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