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Stop & Shop recently announced that between 6-7:30 am each day they are reserving that time for the elderly to come into the store to purchase groceries.
The stores will be the cleanest first thing in the morning and provides an opportunity for people over 60 to shop when there are less customers which helps them with social distancing.
“We’re making the decision to offer this every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing,”
“Although we will not be requesting ID for entry, we ask that you please respect the purpose of the early opening – and do the right thing for your neighbors. Store associates do reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group.”
– Gordon Reid President of Stop & Shop
Dollar General is also strongly encouraging customers that the first hour the store is open be for elderly customers.
“Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.”
– Dollar General Corporation
Stores in other countries are doing the same including Woolworths in Australia and the Iceland chain store popular in the United Kingdom and Europe