Local grocery stores are recognizing a need to set aside special shopping hours for at-risk customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified older adults and those with underlying medical conditions as being at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 compared with other people.
This week, a handful of supermarkets announced that they will relegate up to two hours in the morning to shoppers who are at a greater risk of contracting the virus, including shoppers over 60, pregnant women, and immunocompromised customers. Experts question how protective the measures really are.
Here’s a list of grocery stores that have designated special hours for at-risk shoppers:
Starting March 19, Market Basket will open its doors to shoppers who are 60 and older from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Search for your nearest location here.
Starting March 20, Roche Bros. will open to senior shoppers and disabled citizens only from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every morning. The stores will open to the rest of the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Search for your nearest location here.
At-risk shoppers are invited to stock up on groceries at Shaws from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The grocery chain is also shifting its hours at all stores from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Search for your nearest location here.
Star Market will open to at-risk shoppers from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The grocery chain is also shifting its hours at all stores from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Search for your nearest location here.
This is a growing list; please check back for updates.
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