Grocery stores designate shopping time for seniors during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Brontë Sorotsky

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, grocery stores across the country are beginning to designate “elderly hours” in an effort to protect older shoppers.

These new hours will be extremely helpful to those who are older or immunocompromised so they do not become infected. Now they can avoid lines and crowds, and stores will be mostly stocked at these hours.

The pandemic has already killed over 6,500 worldwide, and officials around the world are taking drastic steps to ensure the spread of the disease is contained.

Most US grocery chains are also offering online pickup options and delivery services in order to limit shopper’s contact with others. Many are even closing early for employees to have more time to restock shelves and disinfect stores, all in the hopes to halt the spread of the virus.